iFixit have been on a rampage of teardowns — they recently ripped both the iPhone 5 and the newest iPod Touch down to their constituent parts. Now they’ve tackled the iPod Nano 7th generation, once again doing their thing.
The good news is that it’s more repairable than the iPod Touch, which they gave just 3/10 on a repairability scale. The iPod Nano gets a 5/10, and the iPhone 5 hits an impressive 7/10.
Here’s iFixit’s takeaway for how tricky it’ll be to repair the new Nano, should something happen to it:
- iPod Nano 7th Generation Repairability: 5 out of 10(10 is easiest to repair).
- An easy-to-open case only requires unscrewing two screws and a plastic opening tool.
- Only standard Phillips #00 screws are used—no security or pentalobe.
- The LCD and digitizer glass are not fused together, allowing replacement of either component separately.
- “External” screws hidden behind the antenna mean less adhesive holding down the display assembly.
- The battery, Lightning connector, button cable, and headphone jack are all soldered to the logic board.
- The battery is adhered to the back of the display assembly.
So, some parts are pretty easy to get to, others are damn near impossible, and will require replacing big chunks of the machine if you want to fix them. It could be worse, I guess.