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Introduction

Just in time for summer, Apple snuck a little surprise into their online stores on May 30, and 'little' is the operative word. Less storage, one less camera, and a full .06 ounces lighter. Join us to see the iPod Touch's new summer beach body!

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPod Touch 5th Generation, use our service manual.

Image 1/2: Tech specs:
  • Sneaky, sneaky Apple. Thought you could pull a fast one on us by releasing a new stripped down version of the current iPod Touch 5th Generation? Not on our watch. We've got one, and we're going in!

  • Tech specs:

    • 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Retina display with Multi-Touch IPS technology

    • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) + Bluetooth 4.0

    • 5-megapixel iSight camera with LED flash and a ƒ/2.4 aperture FaceTime 1.2 MP HD camera capable of capturing HD video (720p) up to 30 fps

    • New iPod touch loop

    • Three-axis gyro + accelerometer

    • 32 GB or 64 GB 16 GB storage capacity

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Image 1/3: Well, that and the absence of a rear camera and Touch Loop, of course.
  • The only visual difference between the new and newer iPod Touch is color—one is #FFFFFF and the other is #000000.

  • Well, that and the absence of a rear camera and Touch Loop, of course.

  • The exclusion of two main components has earned the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB a new model number from its 32 and 64 GB brothers: A1509.

  • The last major cosmetic change we found is the location of the microphone. The microphone has been shuffled over from its spot next to the camera up to the top of the rear case, adjacent to the power button.

  • Otherwise they look exactly the same.

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  • We use our trusty iOpener to loosen the adhesive securing the front panel to the rear case. We're getting used to this opening method, as it melts adhesive as fast as water melts the wicked witch, without risking screen warp.

  • A suction cup helps us safely pull the front panel off.

    • We wonder how proud Orwell Needham would be to see that his atmospheric knob is being used to this day to open iPods.

    • We might have to explain to him what an iPod is first.

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Image 1/2: [guide|10803|Déjà vu|stepid=38844|new_window=true] begins to set in as we remove some internal screws from the midframe.
  • After enough careful heating and prying, we make our way into the device.

  • Déjà vu begins to set in as we remove some internal screws from the midframe.

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Image 1/3: We presume that Apple chose to stop including the wrist strap in an attempt to cut down on the cost of cutting a hole in the rear case, so be sure to hold on tight!
  • The first obvious internal difference between the Touches is the lack of a wrist strap post inside the rear case. The speaker, originally curved to surround the post, remains unchanged.

    • We presume that Apple chose to stop including the wrist strap in an attempt to cut down on the cost of cutting a hole in the rear case, so be sure to hold on tight!

  • The iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB retains the same battery performance as the 32 GB and 64 GB models. The battery is optimized to provide up to 40 hours of music and 8 hours of video when fully charged.

  • Similarly, the display is, well…the same. Want some information about the display? Well, step right up!

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Image 1/1: In our opinion this is a welcome change, as we have finally been heard. iPods and iPads are not cameras. This is not a joke, and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoVW62mwSQQ|Apple has seen the light|new_window=true].
  • Now you see me; now you don't! The iSight camera has been removed and the cables and brackets surrounding it have been slightly redesigned.

  • In our opinion this is a welcome change, as we have finally been heard. iPods and iPads are not cameras. This is not a joke, and Apple has seen the light.

  • Major component overhaul seems like a good time to make small changes such as ribbon cable routing. We're interested to see if new 32 and 64 GB models use the same new volume and power button cable.

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Image 1/1: Our preliminary look at the logic board reveals a small and expected change: the lack of a rear camera connector.
  • Spot the difference! Are these the same?

    • Our preliminary look at the logic board reveals a small and expected change: the lack of a rear camera connector.

  • Naturally, we will need to get in deeper to figure out if anything else changed—a task we have never once shied away from, and won't shy away from today!

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Image 1/2: Apple A5 dual-core processor, with 4 Gb (512 MB) of Mobile DDR2 RAM.
  • With the exception of the flash memory, it appears that the ICs on the 16 GB model's logic board are the same as those found on the 32 and 64 GB models:

    • Apple A5 dual-core processor, with 4 Gb (512 MB) of Mobile DDR2 RAM.

    • Toshiba THGBX2G7B2JLA01 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND flash

    • Apple 3381064 dialog power management IC

    • Murata 339S0171 Wi-Fi module

    • Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller

    • STMicroelectronics low-power, three-axis gyroscope (AGD4/2305/O2LBV)

  • And again we find both the Apple 338S1116 and the Apple 338S1077 Cirrus Audio Codecs.

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Image 1/3: New location, [link|http://i.imgur.com/C8nWZej.gif|same|new_window=true] microphone!
  • What is the most important thing in real estate microphones? It's all about location, location, location.

    • New location, same microphone!

  • Similar to the higher capacity versions of the Touch, the microphone, volume buttons, and power button are combined into a single assembly.

  • The microphone is labeled S1055.

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Image 1/2: While very difficult, opening the case and replacing components is not impossible.
  • No surprises here, the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB Repairability: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

  • While very difficult, opening the case and replacing components is not impossible.

  • The battery is flanked by notches that make prying it out of the rear case fairly easy.

  • Many components are soldered together, requiring either a very difficult or very expensive repair if any one part breaks.

  • The Touch has no external screws. Instead, a combo of clips and adhesive makes it difficult to open the case.

  • Cables connected to the logic board run over the top and connect on the bottom, making it difficult to remove the board or disconnect the cables.

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7 Comments

No camera? This is a step backwards.

This makes Samsung's Galaxy Player the best iPod out there...

Dr Nemmo - Reply

Excellent teardown, but I disagree with "iPods and iPads are not cameras." iPads probably shouldn't be- they're massive and cumbersome. I would be embarrassed to take a picture with one of them. I'll grant that the video camera on the 5th generation Nano was pointless, but what makes an iPod Touch 5th generation so different from an iPhone that it shouldn't be used as a camera? Most people can't even tell the difference between the two without close examination- my (black) 5th generation has been confused for an iPhone 5 several times, and the camera is incredibly handy.

359 - Reply

Yeah, ipod touches are basically thinner iphones with last year's specs and no cellular. They are so much different inside though, so many corners are cut to make the device thinner.

Ethan Chow -

Wow! Very well done! Exceptional tear-down guide. Thanks.

vrod1123 - Reply

I was using this to walk me through repairing a clients iPod touch with no rear iSight.. I discovered that the rear housing I had on hand was for the model with the iSight.. I can't find a replacement housing for this model A1509 to save my life!

Ricky - Reply

Do I need to re-apply an adhesive to this, when putting it back together? Or does it not matter?

Ricardo Martinez - Reply

can i attach a rear camera to this ipod touch 5th generation old model???

taukhan2012 - Reply

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