5th Gen iPod Touch Teardown Reveals Massive Battery, Poor Repairability Score


The new iPod touch goes under the knife.
The new iPod touch goes under the knife.

How do we know the new iPod touch began shipping yesterday? Because iFixit’s gone and torn it apart already. That’s right, the fifth-generation device has received its customary teardown, revealing its whopping new battery, and all of its new components. iFixit have awarded the iPod touch a repairability score of 3 out of 10, meaning it’s not at all easy to fix.

It’s not impossible to repair the new iPod touch, iFixit notes, but it is very difficult. First you’ll need a heat gun to remove the display from the casing and get inside the device. “The Touch has no screws,” iFixit says. “Instead, a combo of clips and adhesive makes it difficult to open the case.”

Once inside, you’ll find most components are soldered together, “requiring either a very difficult or very expensive repair if any one part breaks.” Apple does this to make everything super compact and make the device as small as possible. That’s great — until you need to repair it.

The teardown also revealed a new battery in this model, which has a 1,030 mAh capacity and provides 3.8 Wh at 3.7 volts. That’s a slight improvement over the old iPod touch battery, which had a 930 mAh capacity, and it provides up to 40 hours of music playback, according to Apple’s website.

Unfortunately, there are no improvements to the home button. Unlike the iPhone 5, which has a new home button that’s mounted to the display, making it much stronger, the iPod touch’s button uses a traditional (and weaker) rubber-membrane fixture.

Internal chips include Apple’s A5 processor, with 512MB of DDR2 RAM; a 32GB Toshiba NAND flash chip; a Murata Wi-Fi module; a Broadcom touchscreen controller, and a STMicroelectrics gyroscope. There’s also a mysterious Apple chip numbered “338S1116.” It’s unclear what this is for, but according to iFixit, it bears a “striking resemblance” to the Apple 338S1117 chip found in the iPhone 5.

You can check out out the full teardown over at iFixit now.

Source: iFixit

  • FriarNurgle

    Worst case is 99 bucks and they give you a “new” one if you ever have an issue out of wty.

  • Steffen Jobbs

    Exactly how many consumers have a need to pull apart their iPods and why? I once replaced a battery in some old iPod 30 GB I had (it’s still working as well as when I bought it new), but I like to tinker and had some time on my hands. Most of the people I know wouldn’t even consider opening one up. When I get the new iPod Touch, I’m also getting AppleCare and it’s going into a case.

  • BigLama

    my sadness mainly involves the lack of the new improved home button that is on the iphone 5.

  • minimalist1969

    I appreciate iFix it for showing us whats inside our gadgets. I don’t really appreciate their self-serving, eveything-should-be-fixable-by-the-consumer agenda though. Apple success is living proof that most consumers will gladly trade clunky serviceable parts for sleeker gadgets and longer battery life.

  • iGenejr

    isn’t it the 7th generation iPod nano???