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  • iFixit Tears Down Apple's New iPod Touch 5G


    Just as people started getting their hands on Apple’s new iPod touch 5G, so have the folks at iFixit! They have given the new device the usual treatment of being torn apart in order to reveal the internals. Most of what we see in the new iPod touch 5G isn’t new, although it does adopt a few new features such as the four-inch display, lightning connector, and wrist strap.



    The iPod touch comes with the same dual-core A5 chip that comes in the iPhone 4S and a 5-megapixel camera. For the first time in an iPod touch, the device comes with 512MB of memory – double the amount of memory found inside of the iPod touch 4G. iFixit also points out that the battery can hold more juice than the battery in the previous generation iPod touch.

    iFixit also had some issues with the iPod touch 5G, sharing that the display seemed “cheaper” and the home button seemed “weaker” than the iPhone 5’s screen and home button. This illustrates how Apple continues to make the iPod touch at just a little bit of a lower build quality than their prized product, the iPhone. Due to all the soldering inside of the iPod touch 5G, iFixit claims the repairability is low, with a rating of only 3 out of 10 (10 being easiest to repair).

    To the end user, the repairability isn’t much of a problem, since most people aren’t digging inside of their devices to try to fix things that go wrong. If you like slim devices, the iPod touch 5G is certainly going to fit your taste. With the varying colors, you can find the one that suits your mood. The iPod touch 5G also comes in flavors of 32GB and 64GB of storage, although Apple did axe the 8GB model.

    Sources: iFixit
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iFixit Tears Down Apple's New iPod Touch 5G started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      If the so called iPad Mini is real..this device is pointless.
    1. bewie's Avatar
      bewie -
      Quote Originally Posted by morbidpete View Post
      TomTom or any other offline GPS software. Tool!

      -Pete
      A feature that relies on third-party software, on an Apple product? Who do you think you are?
    1. pichito's Avatar
      pichito -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      GPS in these devices would be a terrible and useless idea. You wouldn't have Internet access to render the maps when your on the road. GPS is only granted to devices that can connect to the Internet on the go. That's why they didn't put GPS in the iPad wifi versions.
      I disagree completely this would be a wonderful idea. People could teather from a number of other devices or moblie hotspots if they don't also own the iPhone.
      And even more realistic than that scenario, if you download a 3rd party gps program (such as TomTom) you dont need internet access to render the maps. they are stored on your device. i use this on my iPhone and it is much better (especially for turn by turn) than than google maps, and i've heard apples IO6 maps is even worse than that. the iPod would be just as good.

      This was a huge disapointment on my WiFii Pad, what a beautiful large screen to use as a gps...

      There are also other useful things for a gps, such as geotaging pictures and videos. and ther are numorous other apps that use location, and not nessacarily internet.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      If the so called iPad Mini is real..this device is pointless.
      I don't think so. I don't want to attempt to fit a tablet in my pocket.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by pichito View Post
      I disagree completely this would be a wonderful idea. People could teather from a number of other devices or moblie hotspots if they don't also own the iPhone.
      And even more realistic than that scenario, if you download a 3rd party gps program (such as TomTom) you dont need internet access to render the maps. they are stored on your device. i use this on my iPhone and it is much better (especially for turn by turn) than than google maps, and i've heard apples IO6 maps is even worse than that. the iPod would be just as good.

      This was a huge disapointment on my WiFii Pad, what a beautiful large screen to use as a gps...

      There are also other useful things for a gps, such as geotaging pictures and videos. and ther are numorous other apps that use location, and not nessacarily internet.
      If people can tether from a mobile device then your iPod touch uses location based services based off of the GPS on your cell phone. I do this all the time, it gives an estimate location like it would if you we're on wifi at home. But without Internet, maps cannot be rendered. GPS and Internet is totally different things and it is handled differently on a phone then a tomtom.
    1. pichito's Avatar
      pichito -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      If people can tether from a mobile device then your iPod touch uses location based services based off of the GPS on your cell phone. I do this all the time, it gives an estimate location like it would if you we're on wifi at home. But without Internet, maps cannot be rendered. GPS and Internet is totally different things and it is handled differently on a phone then a tomtom.
      i'm not talking about a TomTom device... i'm talking about the app. If i install TomTom (app availaible on the app store) on my phone i don't need Data to use it as a GPS. I can turn Data off, and it still works, I can prove this by the fact that I used my phone as a GPS (using the TomTom app) in Europe and South america. and i had NO DATA. I turned data off due to the crazy data roaming charges. This would be great if my iPad had a GPS. even if it didn't have data.
      Do you get what i mean now?

      also if i teather data from a device and my device has gps i dont get the estimate location of the device i'm teathering from. just the data... I think your wrong on both points.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by pichito View Post
      i'm not talking about a TomTom device... i'm talking about the app. If i install TomTom (app availaible on the app store) on my phone i don't need Data to use it as a GPS. I can turn Data off, and it still works, I can prove this by the fact that I used my phone as a GPS (using the TomTom app) in Europe and South america. and i had NO DATA. I turned data off due to the crazy data roaming charges. This would be great if my iPad had a GPS. even if it didn't have data.
      Do you get what i mean now?

      also if i teather data from a device and my device has gps i dont get the estimate location of the device i'm teathering from. just the data... I think your wrong on both points.
      Yes, I agree!