A quick look inside Apple’s recently updated 16 GB iPod Touch has shown that the spaces where the camera and wrist strap loop are located in other models have simply just been left empty. According to iFixit, the repair wizards, who managed to get their hands on Apple’s new low-end $229 iPod Touch this week, the internal design is largely the same as the premium 32 and 64 GB varieties. In particular, the logic board is nearly identical, aside from the lack of a rear-facing camera.
The teardown discovered that the ribbon cables located on the top portion of the device have just been rerouting due to the lack of an iSight camera. The lack of a camera has also led to the microphone, which is rear-facing on other models, to be moved to the top of the device. At the bottom of the device, the space where the wrist-strap loop is located on the high-end models is empty in the 16 GB version. Aside from these tweaks, the parts and design of the new low-end iPod Touch are nearly identical. Integrated circuits identified on the logic board include the following according to iFixit:
- Apple A5 dual-core processor, with 512 megabytes of Mobile DDR2 RAM.
- Toshiba THGBX2G7B2JLA01 16 gigabytes of NAND flash
- Apple 3381064 dialog power management IC
- Murata 339S0171 Wi-Fi module
- Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller
- STMicroelectronics low-power, three-axis gyroscope (AGD4/2305/O2LBV)
- Apple 338S1116 and Apple 338S1077 Cirrus Audio Codecs
Are any of you going to be purchasing the budget iPod Touch model or do you know someone who is?