Apple retail sources say starting next Wednesday, August 26, Apple Stores will be stocking iPods on store shelves alongside accessories, according to 9to5Mac. The move further separates the iPod from other Apple devices, which are kept in the back of the store and brought out to customers once they decide to buy one. Despite just getting a fresh set of updates, the iPod line has been demoted in Apple’s website redesign, as the once-flagship device is no longer prominently featured in the online store’s navigation menu. In store, the iPod will now sit beside accessories like headphones, iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands.
The common sight of iPads turned into “smart signs” featuring product information is also going away in most stores, with pricing information and product details about display iPhones, iPads, and Macs now being loaded onto the devices themselves. Retail employees said the iPad signs confused customers who didn’t realize the iPads were there simply to provide information about the nearby product. The iPad mini displays set up near the Apple Watches will be hanging around, but getting rid of the other iPad signs will give Apple the space to feature more devices — including its new iPhones, which will be displayed on redesigned white docks.