The iPod Mini (stylized and marketed as the iPod mini) is a digital audio player that was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. While sold, it was the mid-range model in the iPod line of products Apple. It was announced on January 6, 2004 and published on February 20 of the same year. A second-generation version was announced on February 23, 2005 and released immediately. While in production, it was one of the most popular electronic products on the market, with consumers often unable to find a retailer with the product in stock. The iPod Mini was abandoned on September 7, 2005 and was replaced by the iPod Nano. The iPod Mini used the touch wheel of the third generation iPod. However, instead of the four touch buttons located above the wheel, the buttons have been redrawn as mechanical switches under the wheel itself, hence the name of the click wheel. To use one of the four buttons, the user physically pushes the edge of the wheel inward on one of the four labels. Like its predecessors, the wheel was developed for Apple by Synaptics. The click wheel is now also used in fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-generation iPods and the first to fifth generation iPod Nano; However, in the iPod Nano and 5G, the click wheel used was developed by Apple. Above the wheel was a 138×110 monochrome LCD that displayed a menu or information about the selected track. The new generation iPods have since adopted color screens.
The two generations of iPod Mini were almost identical in their external characteristics, with the exception of two notable differences: the first-generation model has gray control symbols on the wheel, while those of the second generation correspond to color from the body. the capacity has been engraved on the back of the second-generation body. Their main functional differences lie in their storage capacity and their lifetime. Both versions were 91 x 51 x 13 mm (3.6 x 2.0 x 0.5 inches) and weighed 3.6 grams (102 grams). The housing is made of anodized aluminum. The first generation iPod Minis were available in five colors: silver, gold, pink, blue and green. The golden model was abandoned from the second generation, probably because of its unpopularity. The pink, blue and green patterns had brighter shades in the second generation; the silver model remained unchanged. The iPod Mini uses Microdrive (CompactFlash II) hard drives manufactured by Hitachi and Seagate. First generation models were available in 4GB size, while second generation models were available in 4GB and 6GB versions (which can hold 1,000 and 1,500 songs respectively) and the second generation had the capacity engraved laser. the aluminum case. The battery life of the first generation of iPod Mini was about 8 hours, similar to the third generation that was available at the release of the Mini, which some criticized for its short duration. Apple addressed this problem in second-generation models, which had a nominal battery life of about 18 hours. However, the second generation iPod Minis is no longer supplied with a FireWire cable or AC adapter, which have been excluded to reduce the selling price of the new iPod Minis. The iPod Mini’s batteries, like many lithium-ion batteries, have a capacity of 80% after 400 full charge cycles. A proprietary dock connector has been provided on the bottom of the device for connection to the USB or FireWire port of a computer. The battery of the unit can be charged during the connection. At the top, there was a hold switch, a headphone jack and a remote connector for accessories. Like the iPod Nano, the iPod Mini supports MP3, AAC / M4A, WAV, AIFF and Apple Lossless audio formats. It also retained iPod integration with iTunes and the iTunes Store, allowing synchronization between the software application and iPod Mini.
Shortly after the release of the iPod Mini, third-party replacement batteries were made available as their capacity decreases over time. There are various manuals for battery replacement on the Internet and many compatible lithium-ion battery outlets for those who wish to avoid the high cost of returning the iPod to Apple. Many of these batteries are of higher capacity than the original – some are up to 2000mAh while the original battery is around 400mAh. The iPod Mini can be flashed to run the iPodLinux or Rockbox firmware that supports additional codecs, games and various other plugins.
On September 7, 2005, Apple released the first generation iPod Nano. The Nano used flash memory to make an even thinner case and had a color display. The headphone jack was moved to the bottom of the device, the dock connector was off-center and the 4-pin remote connector was removed, among other changes. This caused the replacement of the iPod Mini by the iPod Nano.