updated 10:40 pm EDT, Thu March 12, 2009
The crew at iFixit has already disassembled the new third-generation iPod shuffle, exposing the tiny innards. The processor, flash memory and RAM are all contained in a single, multi-layered chip. The dime-size battery also takes a minimalist approach, offering a capacity of just 73 mAh. The smaller battery cuts a few hours of playback time from the previous version, with the claimed runtime now at 10 hours.
The entire device weighs in under 11 grams, while the battery and electronics account for just 4 grams which is less than a typical sheet of office paper. Only a single screw is used in the design, although the rear cover could prove easy to deform when opening the case.
The tiny iPod uses a new in-line control system instead of surface buttons. Normal headphones can still be used to play music, but without any controls for pause or volume.