iPod Shuffle Stainless Steel Special Edition Teardown

If you like shiny things, Apple has an iPod for you. It’s like getting a free mirror! And it’s only $20 extra.

Tearing down the iPod Shuffle SE
Pulling apart the iPod Shuffle SE
  • Contrary to Apple’s typical claims of “smaller packaging to save the environment,” this iPod’s packaging is 65% larger than the original 3rd Gen shuffle.
  • The new shuffle weighs in at 17.2 grams, nearly 61% more than the 10.7 gram aluminum shuffle.
  • The black 3rd generation had a black screw, while our silver special edition had a silver screw. It looks like Apple gives you matching screws.

After removing the internals, the stainless steel casing weighs 12 grams. That doesn’t seem like much, except that the iPod itself only weighs 5 grams. Over 70% of this iPod’s weight comes from its shell!

Battery and logic board removal in the iPod shuffle 3rd generation teardown
Pulling out the battery and logic board with a spudger