iFixit Tears Down New iPod Nano, Reveals Better Repairability Than New iPod Touch

Last week’s new iPod touch teardown from iFixit revealed a powerful device with poor repairability score of 3. Today, they have taken apart the new iPod nano which shows a device that has better repairability score of 5, though not as good as iPhone 5 which received a 7 out of 10 repairability score and a title of “most repairable iPhone ever”.

The 7th generation iPod nano’s internals show a Texas Instruments touchscreen controller, NAND flash from Toshiba alongside a a few Apple-branded chips. Many components including battery, lightning connector and headphone jack are soldered to the logic board, which led to a 5 out of 10 repairability score.

The battery is soldered directly to the logic board and adhered to the back of the display. Replacing it will be a doozy.

The LCD and digitizer glass are not fused together, allowing replacement of either component separately.

As in the iPod Touch 5th Generation, many of the important components—including the battery, Lightning connector, and volume controls—are soldered to the logic board. So if you bend your Lighting connector or break your volume control, you’re stuck with replacing the whole suite of components.

Here is a full list of parts found in iPod nano 7G:

  • Toshiba THGBX2G7D2JLA01 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND flash
  • Texas Instruments 343S0538 touchscreen controller
  • Broadcom BCM2078KUBG Bluetooth + FM radio
  • NXP Semiconductors 1609A1
  • 75203 23017
  • 75292 98820
  • 339S0193
  • Apple 338S1099
  • Apple 338S1146
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