Apple Inc's Japan unit will replace any iPod nano portable music players that overheat, it said in an online statement, improving an earlier offer to replace only their faulty batteries. The concession on Tuesday came after Japan's trade ministry put the world's largest technology company under scrutiny, ordering it to publish an “easy to understand” statement on its website explaining how users of the devices could receive replacement batteries and obtain advice. The first generation models, sold between September 2005 and December 2006, have been responsible for around 60 incidents of overheating in Japan, including four cases of minor burns, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Publish date: August 11, 2010 4:58 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:37 pm

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