Apple Now Makes Its Own Processor For the iPod Nano, Too [Updated]

Apple Now Makes Its Own Processor For the iPod Nano, Too [Updated]

Following the release of the seventh-generation iPod nano earlier this week, iFixit performed its customary teardown to discover that Apple isn’t just producing its own processors for the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad — but also the iPod nano, too.

Apple has been producing its own ARM processors for iOS devices since last year, when the A4 processor debuted in the first iPad. Earlier this year, the company introduced its dual-core A5 chip with the iPad 2, which also featured in the upcoming iPhone 4S.

However, it seems the company has also turned its hand to making its own processors for the iPod nano. iFixit’s teardown of the latest device revealed a repackaged Samsung stacked package-on-package chip, which carries an ARM application processor and 512 Mbits (64MB) of mobile DDR DSRAM.

Apple Now Makes Its Own Processor For the iPod Nano, Too [Updated]

You’ll also notice in that picture that Apple has chosen to use SanDisk flash memory modules for this year’s iPod nano. The previous-generation device used flash modules made by Toshiba.

Other than these two changes, the new iPod nano’s internals are largely the same, with the same 240 x 240 display, and an identical logic board and chipset.

Update: It seems Apple this isn’t the first time Apple has created its own chip for the iPod nano — they also featured in the last generation. Thanks, Christian!

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  • DonnaThompson

    ….This is crazy….My best friend’s mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $5487 just working on the computer for a few hours.. CashMany.com …..

  • oakdesk23

    Apple has been using their own SoCs in iPods for quite a while. The chip you’re identifying as a processor is actually power management. The processor is on the back, and it’s been an Apple branded part since at least the first iPod nano.

  • Jonathan Badger

    Makes? I doubt it. Designs, perhaps. Apple makes nothing itself these days, as far as I know — the manufacturing is all subcontracted out

  • Jonathan Badger

    Makes? I doubt it. Designs, perhaps. Apple makes nothing itself these days, as far as I know — the manufacturing is all subcontracted out

  • dabirk

    Isn’t it the 6th Generation ?

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