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iFixit Tears Down The Fifth Generation iPod touch

Ready for the latest teardown from iFixit? That’s right, this time they dismantle the fifth generation iPod touch. There are so many components packed into this slim iPod, it’s pretty insane.

While iFixit gave the new iPod touch a repairability score of only three, it is packed with some insane ingenuity. Here’s a brief overview of the teardown:

  • iPod Touch 5th Generation Repairability: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
  • While very difficult, opening the case and replacing components is not impossible.
  • The battery is flanked by notches that make prying it out of the rear case fairly easy.
  • Many components are soldered together, requiring either a very difficult or very expensive repair if any one part breaks.
  • The Touch has no external screws. Instead, a combo of clips and adhesive makes it difficult to open the case.
  • Cables connected to the logic board run over the top and connect on the bottom, making it difficult to remove the board or disconnect the cables.

Notably a part that was once considered to be leaked from the iPad mini’s internal configuration actually ended up being a part of the iPod touch. The cable below was “leaked” back in August, but now we know that it had nothing to do with an iPad mini.

"Leaked" iPad mini cable and connector on the left.

Now take a look at what was found in the iPod touch 5G:

iPod touch 5G's Lightning connector/headphone jack/microphone ribbon cable

So does this the iPad mini rumors? Who knows, but it does disprove the previous rumor I reported on a couple months back. Either way, the iPod touch 5G is an amazing piece of innovative technology! Check out the full teardown here on iFixit’s website.

Check out my hands-on / overview video here, and let me know what you think below.

Source: iFixit

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