Apple hasn't been having the best couple of weeks recently. The iPhone 4S's battery woes have been a big issue, and the iOS 5.01 update they released to remedy the problem seems to have opened an entirely new can of worms. But now it's come to light that the company has also recalled the first generation iPod Nano over safety risks with its ageing battery.
The recall notice was posted on the support section of Apple's website, with the following statement:
Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.
This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.
On the plus side, it means that users who still have a five year-old iPod Nano lying around can get it replaced, free of charge. If you're not sure when you purchased your Nano, the recall process will check your unit's serial number to see if it's eligible for replacement. So if you can manage to find yours in that drawer full of forgotten technology, it's certainly worth checking to see if it's covered under the recall.