It’s the ritual: a new Apple product is launched and the people of iFixit put your greedy hands on the device to dissect your insides. This happens even when the product in question is not as new so – as is the case with 7th generation iPod touch.
The latest media player from Apple was disassembled by the firm to find out the obvious: there are very few changes here compared to the sixth generation iPod touch.
Basically, we have a processor update (with the arrival of the A10 Fusion chip, already three years old) and… nothing more.
This means that iPod touch continues to have the same repairability problems as always: opening the device is an ugly process, which requires the use of heat sources (to soften the adhesive that joins the screen to the body of the iPod) and a suction tool.
The battery – which remains the same as the previous generation, with 3.99Wh – has two flaps for release, but one of them, inexplicably, gets stuck under the logic board (which, in turn, is soldered on the battery). Go figure.
Basically all components of iPod touch are welded or glued, which makes the device almost as disposable as AirPods. Even the headphone output (which, thankfully, survived) is soldered on the logic board, making repairs or replacements basically impossible. But, hey, at least she’s here, isn’t she?
Ultimately, iFixit gave the new iPod touch note 4 (in 10 possible points) in its “repairability” index, noting that all design decisions here appear to be directed towards profit, not the possibility of repairs.
The firm praised Apple’s decision to keep the design and design of the device largely unchanged, which may favor the reuse of parts, but criticized the piles of solder and glue applied to it.