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iPod touch teardown shows 512MB of RAM, cheaper display

updated 11:43 am EDT, Thu October 11, 2012

Apple attempting to save costs over equivalent iPhone parts

A teardown of the fifth-generation iPod touch reveals some key differences with the iPhone 5, with which it nominally shares a lot of similarities, according to repair outfit iFixit. The Touch has just 512MB of Hynix RAM, for instance, versus the 1GB of RAM in the iPhone. While both devices use a 4-inch Retina display, the Touch component is described as a "much simpler, cheaper design." The new Touch also uses a Home button with a rubber membrane, said to be inferior to the redesigned button in the iPhone 5.

Other observations are more general. The power button, microphone, LED flash, and volume buttons on the player are all connected through the same ribbon cable, which is said to peel easily off the rear. Other Apple products are said to use the same approach -- one "more cost-effective for the manufacturer, but unfortunately it has a negative impact on repairability," iFixit comments.

The fifth-generation Touch upgrades from a 930mAh battery to a 1030mAh one. While the part allows the player to handle up to 40 hours of music, part of that power is likely going to support the larger display and faster processors.




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  1. ElectroTech

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    Joined: 11-26-08

    iFixIt are clueless fools who lament the inability to replace individual transistors and chips in electronics. They fail to understand integration and its cost effectiveness. iFixit would like us to go back to the era of the cassette player and the 2 pound cell phone. It is irresponsible to slow the development of great products just because they used to fix the old junk years ago.

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 12-26-07

    Originally Posted by ElectroTechView Post

    iFixIt are clueless fools who lament the inability to replace individual transistors and chips in electronics. They fail to understand integration and its cost effectiveness. iFixit would like us to go back to the era of the cassette player and the 2 pound cell phone. It is irresponsible to slow the development of great products just because they used to fix the old junk years ago.



    Wow, lighten up. iFixIt has saved my butt several times on how to repair a few Macs, especially powerbooks. They provide a very valuable service.

    What, did they accidentally run over your dog?

  1. Paradise Pete

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    Joined: 11-24-07

    They fail to understand integration and its cost effectiveness.

    They understand. All they are saying is it's not easily repaired. They are not saying Apple shouldn't do it that way. Repair is what they do, and so repairability is what they talk about. That seems downright reasonable to me.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: 08-06-01

    Originally Posted by ElectroTechView Post

    iFixIt are clueless fools who lament the inability to replace individual transistors and chips in electronics. They fail to understand integration and its cost effectiveness. iFixit would like us to go back to the era of the cassette player and the 2 pound cell phone. It is irresponsible to slow the development of great products just because they used to fix the old junk years ago.



    It is you who is clueless, for you have no clue to the reason why iFixit posts this information. But let me help you out:

    1) They are in the business of FIXING (or trying to fix) various devices and computers, mostly from Apple, but also other people.

    2) They also provide information to others who perform similar tasks.

    3) As such, the ONE AND ONLY thing they care about is "replacement costs". If they get an iPod with a broken volume control, how much would it cost to repair? What about a broken screen?

    This is why they give out cost breakdowns of parts. This is why they mention that the LED flash and volume buttons are on the same ribbon cable. If one breaks, then they'll need to replace the entire cable, which will COST YOU MORE MONEY.

    To get to your comment, they do NOT want you to go back to your cassette deck. That would not help them at all, since they make their money from repairing Apple products. Not to mention that I doubt they were fixing such junk years ago. They're fixing iPods and macs. And they need to know what they're dealing with (because, you have to remember, Apple won't tell them squat).

  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 08-04-04

    Originally Posted by ElectroTechView Post

    iFixIt are clueless fools who lament the inability to replace individual transistors and chips in electronics. They fail to understand integration and its cost effectiveness. iFixit would like us to go back to the era of the cassette player and the 2 pound cell phone. It is irresponsible to slow the development of great products just because they used to fix the old junk years ago.



    You are an absolute idiot with a SINGLE post. iFixit has been around for a while now and has helped thousands of people with with repairs. Go crawl back under the rock you came from.

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