iPod 5 Touch Examined: Get 512MB RAM and a Weaker Home Button

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A few days after it has become available, repair site iFixit were to get its hands on one of the latest iPod Touch models. After tearing it down, it found that the portable media player’s component is made up of A5 processor with Hynix 512MB RAM. Also included in the device is a home button design that is different from iPhone 5.

The components found on the fifth-generation iPod Touch are as follows:

  • A5 processor
  • Toshiba THGBX2G8D4JLA01 32 GB NAND flash
  • Apple 3381064 dialog power management IC
  • Murata 339S0171 Wi-Fi module
  • Broadcom BCM 5976 touchscreen controller
  • Apple 33831116
  • STMicroelectronics AGD32229ESGEK low-power, three-axis gyroscope
  • Texas Instruments 27AZ5R1 touchscreen SoC

Inside the Fifth-generation iPod Touch

After tearing down the latest iPod Touch, iFixit discovered a home button with a rubber membrane. This component features a weaker design compared to the button that was discovered in Apple’s iPhone 5.

Aside from that, the repair site also found out that the volume buttons, microphone, LED flash, and power button are all connected using a single ribbon cable. In addition, the ribbon cable can be easily peeled from the rear case.

We’ve seen this type of design in previous Apple products. The shift to a single ribbon cable is more cost-effective for the manufacturer, but unfortunately it has a negative impact on repairability.

The iPod Touch is also described as a “Plane Jane” despite boasting 1,030 mAh, which is an increase to the 930 mAh found on previous models. It is said that the current model’s battery can provide up to 40 hours of music playback on a single charge.

Furthermore, iFixit discovered that the music player’s 4-inch Retina Display is inferior compared to iPhone 5’s screen. The device’s display was characterized as “a much simpler, cheaper design.” The teardown also provided a closer look on the media player’s 5-megapixel rear camera. It is said that the lens can also record high-definition 1080p video at 30 frames per second.

Repairability Score of the Fifth-generation iPod Touch

When it comes to repairability, iFixit gave the iPod Touch a score of 3/10. The disappointing score is because of the following three reasons:

  • Many of the device’s components are soldered together, which would require a very difficult or expensive repair in case an individual part breaks.
  • Apple ditched the external screws in favor of clips and adhesives. These make it difficult to open the media player’s case.
  • Some cables are connected to the logic board, which increases the chances of damaging other component during repair.

You can head on to iFixit’s official website for more detailed report and high-resolution images of the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

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