iFixit have done one of their amazing teardown of the iPod Touch 5th generation (that’s the one that just came out). As pretty and well designed as the new iPod Touch is, iFixit have managed to take it apart. Unsurprisingly, it’s engineered to very precise specification, and very difficult to repair.
Here’s what iFixit’s takeaway about repairability is:
- iPod Touch 5th Generation Repairability: 3 out of 10(10 is easiest to repair)
- While very difficult, opening the case and replacing components is not impossible.
- The battery is flanked by notches that make prying it out of the rear case fairly easy.
- Many components are soldered together, requiring either a very difficult or very expensive repair if any one part breaks.
- The Touch has no external screws. Instead, a combo of clips and adhesive makes it difficult to open the case.
- Cables connected to the logic board run over the top and connect on the bottom, making it difficult to remove the board or disconnect the cables.
This is not something that you want to be taking apart unless you really, really know what you’re doing.