iPod shuffle 3rd Generation First Look

March 12, 2009 Teardowns — luke

Lately, Apple just keeps releasing new products, so we’ve been quite busy here taking new things apart. Today, we got our hands on the tiny new iPod shuffle, and opened it up to find out what was inside.

Shuffle Lineup

The usual suspects -- can you find the shuffle?

Here are the highlights:

  • Normal headphones can be used without any adapters, except that the user cannot do anything but play music (no pause, go to next song, etc.)
  • The battery is extremely tiny — about the size of a dime — and consequently has a paltry capacity of 73 mAh. That’s less than half the size of the batteries used in previous shuffles.
  • The weight of the entire shuffle is less than 11 grams, but the headphones add another 9 grams.
  • The rear cover and clip weigh as much as the rest of the shuffle.
  • With the casing removed, the electronics and battery weigh only 4 grams, less than the weight of a single sheet of paper.
  • There is only one screw in the shuffle.
  • The shuffle is not too challenging to open, but the rear cover can deform easily if the user is not careful while opening it.
iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation

All four parts of the iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation

10 Comments

  1. Fast!
    GJ.

    Comment by KODAWARISAN — March 12, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

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  5. I always think the people who buy shuffles like the idea of buying into ipod brand but are to tight to get a proper ipod

    Comment by Brian Whitthe — March 13, 2009 @ 9:47 am

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  7. Note the Kapton tape hand applied around the Li-ion battery. That is a trick we used to keep out moisture, as those flat cells are very sensitive and enlarge like balloons when in a damp environment. If the cell lasts more than 100 charge cycles or two years it would be a real engineering feat!

    Comment by Sam Mallicoat — March 18, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

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