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By Dan Moren

The Back Page: Back from the dead and loving it

Recently, in a rare curveball move, Apple released a firmware update for the AirPort Express, the mini base station that was last updated in 2012—which Apple had also discontinued earlier this year. The update brought support for the new AirPlay 2 protocol, allowing users to continue eking out some utility from the aging device.

Usually Apple’s pretty content to let the past die, which made the decision all the more surprising. But it got me thinking: there are probably plenty of old Apple products that still have some utility left in them. Maybe it’s time for Cupertino to think about delving into the archives, dusting off a handful of devices, and adding some new features to surprise and delight its customers. Don’t worry: I’ve got a few suggestions.

iPod Classic: Apple’s behemoth of an iPod still has some life left in it. Even these days, getting an iOS device that can store as much as the 160GB iPod can be a pricey proposition.…

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