Top tech deaths of 2022: 5 to remember

While 2022 saw the launch of the iPhone 14, the rise of artificial intelligence for social media, and more, the year also said goodbye to some classics – and not-so-classics.

While some of these platforms and tech devices were relatively short-lived, others have been around for decades.

But like the fashion industry, you’re wired one minute and tired the next.

In memoriam, here are five tech deaths to watch out for:

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An iPod showing a low battery icon

An iPod showing a low battery icon
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1. Apple’s iPod

The first generation iPod, launched in 2001, could store thousands of songs to dance to. Just six years later, things took a hit with the release of the iPhone.

In May, Apple announced that the iPod touch – the last remaining iPod on the market – would be discontinued.

“Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users just as the iPod not only impacted the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to and shared,” he said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on.”

2. Internet Explorer

After more than 25 years on the web, Internet Explorer was officially retired on June 15th.

Microsoft wrote in an update that users are encouraged to move to Microsoft Edge, with Internet Explorer gradually redirecting to the new browser and adding support for legacy and modern websites and apps.

Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge will be supported until at least 2029.

While Windows 10’s Long-Term Servicing Channel will still include Internet Explorer next year, according to The Verge, all consumer versions will end support for the browser.

3. The BlackBerry

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ANKARA, TURKEY - DECEMBER 19: In this image photo the Internet Explorer and My Computer logos are seen on a screen in Ankara, Turkey on December 19, 2022.

ANKARA, TURKEY – DECEMBER 19: In this image photo the Internet Explorer and My Computer logos are seen on a screen in Ankara, Turkey on December 19, 2022.
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In January. Blackberry has retired the infrastructure and services used by its legacy software and phone operating systems, saying it is focused on “delivering intelligent security software and services to businesses and governments around the world.”

“At the time of termination of Services, devices running BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier software, BlackBerry 10 Software, and BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier software will no longer function reliably over carrier or Wi-Fi connections…applications (BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager and BlackBerry Blend) will also have limited functionality,” the company said in a release dated May 12, 2021.

“The independence, mobility, security and privacy that so many of us have associated with these groundbreaking BlackBerry devices remain alive and strong, as does the spirit of invention and innovation that brought us here,” Executive Chairman and BlackBerry Limited CEO John Chen wrote in a blog post on 4/1.

4. Meta’s Portal

Meta stops development of Portal.

The camera on a Meta Portal Plus video calling device in Burlingame, California, on Wednesday May 4, 2022.

The camera on a Meta Portal Plus video calling device in Burlingame, California, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
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Portal, first released in 2018, was a smart display device with video calling capability and an AI-powered “smart camera”.

“It would just take so long and require so much investment to get into the corporate segment that it felt like the wrong way to invest time and money,” CTO Andrew Bosworth told employees, according to Mashable Southeast Asia.

Like other tech companies, Meta laid off employees in November.

5. The iPhone Mini

The iPhone 12 mini debuted in 2020.

However, two generations later, Apple decided to replace the device with a new iPhone 14 “Plus”.

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The advertisements promoted the “big and bigger” smartphones.

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