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Shuffle innards show dime-size battery, single chip

updated 10:40 pm EDT, Thu March 12, 2009

Shuffle disassembled

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    now how about wireless?

    Not interested in any further earbud tangles. ready for wireless, bluetooth, whatever.

    Turn the page on wired phones.

  1. davedawgnyc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    this is some awesome engineering from the Apple design team!

  1. Demonike

    Joined: Dec 1969



    At this size and engineering level, it would make more sense to develop a set of earphones that have the ipod seamlessly integrated. The forma factor seems already such, that it seems funny to have it hang "uselessly" from the cords to my earphones. The buds could be a little bigger then. Or better yet, similar to the smallest cell bluetooth devices, only now they come in pairs for stereo and can be individually replaced... :)

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm not complaining but..

    I think that Apple has just about shrunk the size of an MP3 player beyond practicality. Right now it's more like an MP3 tie-clip. As was mentioned, I think that Apple would be better off increasing the size and putting a longer-life battery and bluetooth for stereo headphones in the Shuffle. I'm strong enough and any device that weighs around twelve ounces to carry is light enough for me.

    This is just MY personal opinion and not against Apple's quest for tinier devices. It they sell a lot, then good for Apple. I think the technology is amazing to make a device that small since I'm old enough to remember my first portable six-transistor AM radio when they first came out. I won't be buying a Shuffle and I'm more interested in the rumored Apple netbook or iPod HD.

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