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Introduction

We disassembled this iPod on September 7, 2007.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPod Nano 3rd Generation, use our service manual.

  1. There it is, in the same style box as the last Nano, but quite a bit shorter and wider.
    • There it is, in the same style box as the last Nano, but quite a bit shorter and wider.

  2. Here's what you'll find in the box:
    • Here's what you'll find in the box:

      • A manual (even smaller than the iPod).

      • The usual, much-maligned headphones.

      • A USB to iPod cable.

      • A dock insert.

      • A brand new iPod.

    • The growing iPod Nano family.

    • Although the new Nano is shorter and wider than its older siblings, it has approximately the same area (36 square centimeters).

    • Apple appears to be going in circles. Anodized aluminum, shiny, anodized, shiny...

    • But of course, it's what's inside that counts.

    • And here's our first look inside this newest Nano.

    • The case has eight locking tabs:

      • Three on the left, evenly spaced.

      • Three on top.

      • Two on the right, near the bottom, to make room for the display circuitry at the upper right.

    • We've removed six Phillips screws fixing the logic board to the casing.

    • We can now lift the logic board up, but it's still tethered by the visible click wheel cable and the hidden display cable.

    • We've disconnected the click wheel cable and flipped the board over to disconnect the display cable.

    • Now we use a spudger to pry up the display, which is held along the case's edge by an adhesive strip.

    • The first generation Nano's display was attached in exactly the same way. If you're not careful when prying it up, you may crack it.

    • We're noticing a strong trend as we take apart this iPod: adhesive.

    • The click wheel is held in place by nothing but a very strong adhesive, which is going to make replacing it difficult. You'll have to get it to stay in place as well as Apple has (i.e. very well).

    • Here the battery is out of its metal housing, which is attached to the logic board by, that's right, adhesive.

    • The battery is attached to the logic board by three through-hole solder points, as in the second generation Nano (sorry, no easy replacements).

    • And here's everything together again, but apart.

    • A close-up of the logic board's top, which sports an eight gigabyte Samsung flash memory chip and headphone jack.

    • The headphone jack is soldered to the logic board, as in the first generation Nano, but not in the second.

    • A close-up of the logic board's bottom.

    • And it still works! Now, having satisfied our curiosity, we can put some music on it.

2 Comments

I have done the same thing to my ipod nano 3g as shown on these pics u posted.I've changed my ipod housing and now it looks as new as ever..thanks! i luv ya!

grimjaww - Reply

Which two out of three terminals are positive and negative.

Ravi - Reply

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