iPod Timeline

In one of the first virtual books that iLounge posted, they had a timeline of all the dates where different iPods were introduced. But then they didn’t update it. So I took what they had, plus what I found elsewhere and updated it, current up to the satanic-colored 5G U2 edition iPod introduced Tuesday. I’m trying to analyze the past history to guess when Apple will come out with a new iPod since I will be in the market soon. Looks like I need to wait until September or October.

The price premium for owning an iPod vs. rival MP3 players nearly disappeared in 2006. When I bought the $279 20 GB Archos, all Apple had was a 5 GB 1st generation iPod which was $399 and it only worked with Macs. Two months after I got the Archos, Apple introduced the 10 GB iPod for $499. Still, I had twice the capacity (but none of the cool) for about half the price.


2001

 

1-9-01

iTunes available for Macs

10-23-01

1G iPod has moving scroll wheel, 5 GB $399

2002

 

1-18-02

Ted gets 20GB Archos $279

3-20-02

10 GB version of 1G, $499

7-17-02

2G iPod has touch-sensitive scroll wheel: 5GB $299, 10 GB $399, 20 GB, $499. PC versions available.

2003

 

4-28-03

3G iPod moves button to a row above the wheel: 10 GB $299, 15 GB $399, 30 GB $499. PC or Mac compatible. iTunes music store debuts, but for Mac only.

9-8-03

20 GB $399, 40 GB $499

10-16-03

iTunes for PC’s

11-12-03

Ted gets 3G 20GB

12-25-03

Ted lends Archos to Danny

2004

 

1-6-04

iPod Mini 4GB $249 (in silver, blue, green, pink, or gold); iPod 3G 15GB $299

7-19-04

4G iPod has buttons incorporated into scroll wheel: 20 GB $299, 40 GB $399

8-27-04

HP iPods

10-28-04

iPod Photo with color screen 40 GB $499, 60 GB $599; U2 iPod 20 GB $349

2005

 

1-11-05

Shuffle 512MB $99, 1GB $149

1-12-05

Nicole gets U2 edition iPod

2-3-05

Eric gets 4G 20 GB

2-23-05

2G mini 4GB $199, 6GB $249 (silver, blue, green, or pink); 30 GB iPod Photo $349, 60 GB $449, discontinue 40GB photo

6-28-05

Monochrome 4Gs discontinued, color 20GB $299, 60GB $399; U2 iPod color $329; 1GB shuffle $129

7-26-05

Danny gets 1 GB shuffle

9-7-05

Nano 2GB $199, 4GB $249 (both in black or white); mini discontinued

10-12-05

5G video iPod 30GB $299, 60GB $399 (in black or white)

2006

 

2-7-06

1GB nano $149; Shuffle 512MB $69, 1GB $99

6-1-06

Kelly gets black 1GB nano

6-6-06

U2 edition 30 GB 5G $329

6-8-06

Jeb inherits Archos from Danny

9-12-06

2G shuffle 1GB $79; 2G nano 2GB $149 (silver only), 4GB $199 (green, blue silver, or pink), 8GB $249 (black only); 5.5G iPod 30GB $249, 80GB $349 gets larger, brighter screen

10-13-06

4 GB nano available in red

11-3-06

8 GB nano available in red

11-6-06

Claire gets blue 4GB nano; Jeb inherits Claire’s shuffle

12-25-06

Jeb gets black 80 GB iPod; David gets silver nano

2007

 

1-30-07

Shuffle gets colors: pink, green, blue, and orange in addition to silver

6-29-07

iPhone introduced with AT&T cellular service only: widescreen, Mac OSX 4GB $499, 8GB $599.

9-5-07

Shuffle gets different colors: cranberry, purple, light green, light blue, silver, and red. 3G nano is wider with larger screen, video; 4GB $149 (silver only), 8GB $199 (black, red, silver, light blue, light green). iPod Classic replaces 5.5G, metal case, 80 GB $249, 160 GB $349. iPod Touch widescreen, wifi, Mac OSX, 8GB $299, 16GB $399. iPhone 8GB $399.

9-5-07

Ted gets black 8 GB 3G nano.

11-24-07

Susan gets blue Shuffle.

12-25-07

Danny gets black 8 GB 3G nano.

2008

 

1-22-08

8GB 3G nano available in pink

2-5-08

32 GB iPod Touch, $499; 16 GB iPhone, $499

2-19-08

Shuffle 1 GB $49, 2 GB $69

2-20-08

Nicole gets red 1 GB Shuffle and inherits Jeb’s 80 GB 5.5G

5-25-08

Jeb gets red 8 GB 3G nano

7-11-08

3G iPhone supports 3G data network, adds GPS, 8 GB $199, 16 GB $299, in black or white

8-28-08

Kelly gets green 8 GB 3G nano

9-9-08

Shuffle colors revert to silver, blue, green, red, pink. 2G iPod Classic 120 GB $249. 4G nano skinny again with rounded front, can be watched sideways, 8 GB $149 or 16 GB $199 with new colors: silver, black, purple, blue, lime green, yellow, orange, red, pink. 2G Touch has same form as 3G iPhone: 8 GB $229, 16 GB $299, and 32 GB $399.

9-11-08

Ted gets red 16 GB 4G nano; lends 3G nano to Mom

12-12-08

Ted wins light blue 8 GB 3G nano, gives it to Jami

2009

 

3-11-09

3G shuffle, 4GB $79, in silver or black. Smaller and no buttons (controls moved to heaphone cable). Voiceover navigation speaks song titles to you.

6-19-09

iPhone 3GS, 16 GB $199, 32 GB $299 in black or white. Adds digital compass, video camera. iPhone 3.0 software.

8-7-09

Jeb gets 32 GB 2G iPod Touch

9-9-09

5G nano gets video camera, microphone, speaker, FM radio, taller screen (2.2 in). Same colors but now shiny instead of flat, 8 GB $149, 16 GB $179. Classic now 160 GB, $249. Shuffle gets colors: pink, green, and blue in addition to black and silver, 2 GB $59, 4 GB $79 (polished stainless steel version $99). 3G iPod touch higher end models get faster processor, 8 GB $199, 32 GB $299, 64 GB $399.

2010

 

4-3-10

iPad has 9.7-inch 1024×768 touch screen, A4 chip, 16 GB $499, 32 GB $599, 64GB $699 for wi-fi only versions.

4-30-10

iPad with 3G cellular 16GB $629, 32 GB $729, and 64 GB $829.

6-24-10

iPhone 4 has flat glass back, 5 megapixel camera with LED “flash,” front-facing camera (640×480) for video calls, a gyroscope for better motion detection, A4 chip, and a higher resolution screen (960×640), in black only, 16GB $199 or 32GB $299.

9-1-10

4G Shuffle returns to 2G form, 5 colors, 2GB $49. 6G nano now just a squarish touchscreen, loses camera. 8GB $149, 16GB $179. 4G Touch gets high resolution 960×640 screen, gyro, front and rear facing lo-res cameras, but maintains aluminum back, 8GB $229, 32GB $299, 64GB $399.

9-3-10

Ted gets 64GB 4G iPod Touch

9-25-10

Danny gets 32GB 4G iPod Touch

11-12-10

Kathy gets blue 16GB 6G nano

2011

 

2-7-11

Claire gets 32 GB 4G iPod Touch

2-10-11

4G iPhone now available on Verizon network (hardware is slightly different)

3-11-11

iPad 2 is thinner, with faster A5 chip, front and rear facing cameras, gyroscope, and HDMI video out. Available in black or white: 16 GB $499, 32 GB $599, 64GB $699 (with 3G wireless: 16 GB $629, 32 GB $729, 64 GB $829). iOS 4.3.

4-6-11

Danny gets iPhone 4

4-28-11

iPhone 4 available in white

8-15-11

Kathy gets iPhone 4

10-9-11

Jeb gets 64GB iPad2 with 3G

10-12-11

New software interface for nano, 8 GB $129, 16 GB $149. iPod Touch available in white, 8 GB version $199. iOS 5 released.

10-14-11

iPhone 4S has faster A5 processor, 1080p video camera, doesn’t need separate Verizon version. 16 GB $199, 32 GB $299, 64 GB $399.

2012

 

3-16-12

3G iPad gets retina display, faster A7 chip, 5MP camera, 16 GB $499, 32 GB $599, 64 GB $699 (with 4G LTE wireless: 16 GB $629, 32 GB $729, and 64 GB $829)

3-16-12

Danny gets 3G iPad

5-24-12

Mom gets iPad2

9-12-12

Dock connector replaced by smaller 9-pin “Lightning” connector and iPhone and Touch get EarPod headphones. iPhone 5 gets taller 4-inch screen, thinner, lighter weight and has faster A6 processor. 5G iPod Touch gets 4-inch screen, A5 processor, 5 MP camera; back is anodized aluminum in black, white, red, green, or blue. 32 GB $299, 64 GB $399. 7G iPod nano is taller with a 2.5-inch screen and in 8 colors: black, silver, red, pink, yellow, green, blue, and purple; 16GB $149. Shuffle gets same colors as nano, 2 GB $49.

10-23-12

iPad 4 in black or white, faster A6X processor, with Lightning connector, 16 GB $499, 32 GB $599, 64 GB $699 (cellular adds $130). iPad mini has 8″ screen, old A5 processor, 5MP camera, 16 GB $329, 32 GB $429, 64 GB $529 or with cellular 16 GB $459, 32 GB $559, 64 GB $659.

10-30-12

Ted shuns iPad and gets 32 GB Nexus 7

12-27-12

Kelly gets iPhone 4S

2013

 

1-5-13

Claire gets yellow 32 GB 5G iPod Touch

1-28-13

Grant gets iPhone 4S

1-28-13

Jami gets iPhone 4S

1-28-13

Mom gets iPhone 4

2-5-13

128 GB iPad available $799, with cellular $929.

4-5-2013

Jeb gets 8GB iPhone 4

5-9-2013

Claire gets 32GB iPhone 5

9-20-13

iPhone 5c budget version keeps most features of iPhone 5 but has plastic case and comes in white, blue, pink, yellow, or green, 16 GB $99, 32 GB $199 with phone plan. iPhone 5s gets A7 processor, Touch ID home button that reads fingerprints, in space gray, silver, or gold, 16 GB $199, 32 GB $299, 64 GB $399. Touch, nano, and shuffle now available in space gray instead of slate.

11-1-13

iPad Air is thinner, has A7 processor, 5MP camera, in space gray or silver; 16 GB $499, 32 GB $599, 64 GB $699, 128 GB $799 (cellular adds $130).

11-12-13

iPad mini 2 gets retina display, A7 processor, in silver or space gray, 16 GB $399, 32 GB $499, 64 GB $599, 128 GB $699 (cellular adds $130).

11-30-13

Carol gets iPad Air

2014

 

9-19-14

iPhone 6 4.7-inch screen, faster, smaller A8 chip, 16 GB $199, 64 GB $299, 128 GB $399 in space gray, silver, or gold, with phone plan. iPhone 6 plus 5.5-inch screen, 16 GB $299, 64 GB $399, 128 GB $499. 8 GB 5c now free, 16 GB 5s is $99 and 32 GB 5s is $149.

10-16-14

iPad Air 2 gets Touch ID, barometer, faster A8X chip, 16 GB $499, 64 GB $599, $128 GB $699 (cellular adds $130). iPad Mini 3 gets Touch ID, barometer 16 GB $399, 64 GB $499, 128 GB $599 (cellular adds $130).

2015

 

7-15-15

6G iPod Touch gets faster A8 chip, 8 MP camera, new color lineup includes silver, space gray, gold, blue, pink, and red. 16 GB $199, 32 GB $249, 64 GB $299, 128 GB $399. Nano and shuffle get same colors, no upgrades.

7-15-15

Ted gets blue 64 GB 6G iPod touch.

9-9-15

iPad Pro with 12.9 inch 2732×2048 screen, A9X chip, 32 GB $799, 128 GB $949, 128 GB with data $1079. iPad Mini 4 thinner, gets A8 processor, 8 MP camera, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 16 GB $399, 64 GB $499, 128 GB $599 (cellular adds $130). iPhone 6S adds 3-D touch screen, 16 GB $199, 64 GB $299, 128 GB $399 with phone plan. iPhone 6S plus 3-D touch screen, 16 GB $299, 64 GB $399, 128 GB $499. iPad and iPhone add rose gold color.

2016

 

3-31-16

iPhone SE 4-inch phone with 6S specs, 16 GB $399, 64 GB $499. iPad Pro 9.7 inch 2048×1536 retina display, A9X processor, 12 MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 32 GB $599, 128 GB $749, 256 GB $899 (cellular adds $130).

9-9-16

iPhone7 loses headphone jack, gets A10 chip, 12 MP rear camera, 7 MP front camera, 32 GB $649, 128 GB $749, 256 GB $849. iPhone7 plus also adds a second rear 12 MP telephoto camera, 32 GB $769, 128 GB $869, 256 GB $969.

12-22-16

Mom gets iPad Air 2, gives iPad 2 to Ted; Don gets iPhone 7.

2017

 

3-24-17

iPad 5G 9.7-inch model gets A9 chip, brighter 2048×1536 screen, and is slightly thicker than iPad Air, 32 GB $329, 128 GB $429 (cellular adds $130). iPhone 7 and 7 plus available in red. iPhone SE now 32 GB or 128 GB at same price points.

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