iPod 5G Prototype

Digital music player
Date of appearance: 2005
Trademark: Apple
Product Line: Apple iPod
Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
Made in: USA
Product code: A113
Dimensions: 61.8 × 103.5 × 11 mm
Weight: 136 g
Colors: transparent case
Tags: featured


The fifth generation iPod was introduced on October 12, 2005, shortly after the introduction of the iPod Nano. The fifth generation iPod featured a 2.5" 320x240 QVGA screen and a smaller Click Wheel. It was the first iPod to be able to play videos. This appears to be an Apple 30gb iPod 5th Gen. A1136 prototype featuring a clear case front. Typical of prototypes, the serial number on the back of the unit, when entered into Apple's support database, shows, "We're sorry, but this serial number is not valid. Please check your information and try again." When connected to iTunes, the serial number shows as U1234567890

iPod 5G Prototype
Photo: Jim Abeles
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Photo: Jim Abeles