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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.

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.

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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.

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The growing iPod Nano family.
  • 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).

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

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

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

How do i get the back panel off? it wont seem to slide up or anything

andy - Reply

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

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

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

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

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

Samsung????!!

Toni Palmer - Reply

Yes, that's how alot of flash based devices run Samsung chips

fraijoni - Reply

Of course!!!

Toni Palmer -

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

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

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

The top middle chip (below the dock connector is 256 megs of sdram

Lucas Hoekstra (Lucas9810) - Reply

Is it possible to replace the power port?

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

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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!

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