Whenever a new Apple product launches, the iFixit run to disassemble it to show us all the inner beauty how repairable the product. The shuffle and nano iPods just got new colors, staying with the same interior; but we can't say the same about touchwhich after three years has finally gained a significant update.
To recap, here are his technical specifications:
- A8 processor with M8 coprocessor right (same as iPhones 6/6 Plus)
- 1GB RAM (same as iPhones 6/6 Plus)
- 4-inch Retina IPS Multi-Touch Screen (1136 × 640 pixels; 326ppp)
- 800: 1 contrast ratio (against iPhone 6 Plus 1400: 1 and iPhone 6 Plus 1300: 1)
- Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (same as iPhones 6/6 Plus)
- Bluetooth 4.1 (better than iPhones 6/6 Plus 4.0)
- 8MP iSight (rear) camera with auto focus and /2.4 aperture (almost the same as iPhones 6/6 Plus)
- 1.2MP FaceTime HD (front) camera with /2.2 aperture
Now let's get down to business!
Apple continues to use a lot of adhesive to attach the display to the body of iPod touch.
So far iFixit has said that everything is very similar to the fifth generation model, launched in 2012.
The way Apple attaches the battery to the body of the device has changed a bit (it is glued with a sticker that already has a small piece ready to be pulled, to make it easy to change even if everything remains pretty difficult). By comparison, the iPod touch 6-generation battery is slightly better than the 5-generation (3.83V; 3.99Wh; 1.043mAh vs. 3.7V; 3.8Wh; 1.030mAh) battery.
Underneath the battery we have a single piece that houses the Lightning, the speaker, the microphone, the headphone jack and the Start button switch all connected to the logic board by a ribbon cable.
Speaking of logic board, the components are still soldered to it. There, near the board, we have the antenna, the volume and on / off buttons, the rear camera and the microphone.
Here's a comparison of the iPhone 6 camera (left) with that of the new iPod touch (right). The size of the smartphone camera shows that while both are 8 megapixels, the iPhone is even better and has features such as auto stabilization, sapphire crystal lens, wider aperture, ability to record 60 frames per second / slow videos at 240 fps , etc.
Here, in detail, is the iPod touch front camera.
And the logic board with the A8 processor (red), M8 coprocessor (orange), 16GB Toshiba flash memory (yellow), InvenSense gyro and accelerometer (green), Broadcom Bluetooth / Wi-Fi module (light blue), Broadcom and Texas Instruments touchscreen controllers (dark blue and lils)
Codec Cirrus Audio Controller (red), NXP Display Interface Controller (orange), Texas Instruments DAC (yellow), and Power Manager (green).
IFixit gave a 4/10 repair note for the 6th generation iPod touch highlighting that, although very difficult to open, component replacement is not impossible (battery case). But Apple continues to solder parts of the logic board (making it very difficult to repair), using a combination of clips and stickers, among other techniques that do not help when making a repair.
By comparison, the 5th generation iPod touch earned a 3/10 rating, so we saw a slight improvement in repairability.