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Apple has literally been calling their iPod Touch 6th Generation "the best iPod touch yet." While they are giving their music box some of the iPhone's newest duds, only teardown will tell if this iPod is up to repairability snuff. Join us for some sweet disassembly, and some spicy X-ray action.

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPod Touch 6th Generation, use our service manual.

Image 1/3: 4-inch 1136 x 640 pixels (326 ppi) Multi-Touch IPS Retina display Image 2/3: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi + Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology (a whole .1 better than the 5th gen!) Image 3/3: Six-axis gyro + accelerometer
  • With the same A8 processor and M8 coprocessor as the iPhone 6, it's hard not to get excited about the next-generation iPod Touch. Let's check specs:

    • 4-inch 1136 x 640 pixels (326 ppi) Multi-Touch IPS Retina display

    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi + Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology (a whole .1 better than the 5th gen!)

    • Six-axis gyro + accelerometer

    • 8 MP, 1080p iSight camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture and 1.2 MP, 720p HD Facetime camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture

    • Shiny new model number: A1574

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  • Being that the iPod Touch hasn't seen a full-blown update since 2012, we'd like to see what we're up against.

  • Fortunately, we brought friends. With superpowers.

  • Cry havoc and let fly the X-rays.

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Image 1/3: The bottom of the device contains no surprises with a now-familiar Lightning port, headphone jack, and speaker grille. Image 2/3: Unlike recent iPhones, this Touch lacks a Touch ID sensor. Although it sacrifices Apple Pay, this is good news for repairability since Touch ID buttons are [http://9to5mac.com/2013/10/31/the-inner-workings-of-touch-id-each-fingerprint-sensor-is-paired-to-a-specific-a7-chip/|paired to their corresponding processor|new_window=true]. Image 3/3: On the other side, the ''inside'', we catch a glimpse of the home button and Lightning connector.
  • This new Touch now comes in gold, in addition to blue, pink, (Product)Red, silver, and space gray.

  • The bottom of the device contains no surprises with a now-familiar Lightning port, headphone jack, and speaker grille.

  • Unlike recent iPhones, this Touch lacks a Touch ID sensor. Although it sacrifices Apple Pay, this is good news for repairability since Touch ID buttons are paired to their corresponding processor.

  • On the other side, the inside, we catch a glimpse of the home button and Lightning connector.

    • The little curved prongs help your Lightning connector snap into place, and stay there.

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  • Heat. iSclack. Repeat—this digitizer/LCD panel is no match for our opening procedure.

    • The adhesive on this display seems tougher than last time, but maybe we're just rusty after a year without an iPod refresh.

  • With the display assembly out of the way, we're one step closer to the innards.

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Image 1/2: Lifting the shield, we get a glimpse of [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPod+Touch+5th+Generation+LCD+Shield+Plate+Replacement/11757|familiar territory|new_window=true]. So far things look pretty darn similar to the 2012 vintage. Image 2/2: We won't get our hopes up, but maybe changes made with the processor bump include separating a few components off the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPod+Touch+5th+Generation+16+GB+2014+Teardown/26806#s66578|soldered-together mess|new_window=true]  of the 5th gen.
  • We're eager to delve deeper into this new Touch, so we grab a screwdriver and set to work on extracting the EMI shield.

  • Lifting the shield, we get a glimpse of familiar territory. So far things look pretty darn similar to the 2012 vintage.

    • We won't get our hopes up, but maybe changes made with the processor bump include separating a few components off the soldered-together mess of the 5th gen.

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Image 1/2: And something has! Looks like the new Touch has peel-out adhesive tabs securing the battery, an update to battery-securing tech we saw in the iPhone 5s. (Although we're scratching our heads about how to peel out a tab that's under the logic board). Image 2/2: This Touch totes a 3.83 V, 3.99 Wh battery with a rating of 1043 mAh, as opposed to the 3.7 V, 3.8 Wh, 1030 mAh rated battery [guide|10803|found in the 5th Generation Touch|stepid=38843|new_window=true].
  • We've been down this road before, and we're pretty confident in our technique for getting the battery out. Unless of course, something has changed...

  • And something has! Looks like the new Touch has peel-out adhesive tabs securing the battery, an update to battery-securing tech we saw in the iPhone 5s. (Although we're scratching our heads about how to peel out a tab that's under the logic board).

  • This Touch totes a 3.83 V, 3.99 Wh battery with a rating of 1043 mAh, as opposed to the 3.7 V, 3.8 Wh, 1030 mAh rated battery found in the 5th Generation Touch.

    • Even with the Touch's advertised performance increases over the previous generation, Apple claims that the battery in this new iPod should supply up to 40 hours of dubstep music, or up to 8 hours of video playback.

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Image 1/2: In lieu of that [guide|10803|wiggly yellow flex cable|stepid=38841|new_window=true], a new, straight ribbon cable connects the lower assembly to the underside of the logic board. Image 2/2: Despite the new cable,  Apple has yet to come to their senses and stop soldering this assembly directly to the logic board. Nuts!
  • After the battery comes the lower assembly, home to the Lightning connector, speaker, microphone, headphone jack, and home button switch. Say that five times fast.

  • In lieu of that wiggly yellow flex cable, a new, straight ribbon cable connects the lower assembly to the underside of the logic board.

    • Despite the new cable, Apple has yet to come to their senses and stop soldering this assembly directly to the logic board. Nuts!

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Image 1/2: We pop off these connectors and are free to separate the two assemblies—the rear case assembly, and the "everything else" assembly. Image 2/2: Leftover in the rear case:
  • A little bit of careful spudgering goes a long way.

  • We pop off these connectors and are free to separate the two assemblies—the rear case assembly, and the "everything else" assembly.

  • Leftover in the rear case:

    • Antenna assembly

    • Battery adhesive (oops)

    • Snarled volume button/power button/rear flash/microphone cable assembly

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Image 1/3: For your viewing pleasure: the 8 MP iPhone 6 camera (left) and the 8MP iPod Touch camera (right). Image 2/3: Physical size serves as a pretty accurate indicator of relative quality. Despite the equal pixel count, the Touch's camera lacks some of its [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6+Teardown/29213#s69250|cousin's|new_window=true] finer features, such as the sapphire crystal lens cover and auto image stabilization. Image 3/3: The Touch's ƒ/2.4 aperture also falls short of the 6's ƒ/2.2.
  • With a gentle flick of the wrist, the rear-facing camera is free and ready to pass inspection alongside its cousin, the iPhone 6 camera...

  • For your viewing pleasure: the 8 MP iPhone 6 camera (left) and the 8MP iPod Touch camera (right).

  • Physical size serves as a pretty accurate indicator of relative quality. Despite the equal pixel count, the Touch's camera lacks some of its cousin's finer features, such as the sapphire crystal lens cover and auto image stabilization.

    • The Touch's ƒ/2.4 aperture also falls short of the 6's ƒ/2.2.

  • File away this X-ray image of the iPod's primary camera. If rumors can be believed, the next iPhone may far outshine the sensor seen here.

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Image 1/3: With some deft tweezing, we are able to extract the front panel. Image 2/3: The display is almost the same as previous Touches, but hey, it has a white bezel now! Image 3/3: The display is almost the same as previous Touches, but hey, it has a white bezel now!
  • Turning our attention to the "everything else" assembly, we quickly set to work on liberating the front-facing camera, and find ourselves facing a tangle of display cables. It's a good thing our teardown engineer has the touch it takes to handle this messy bundle.

  • With some deft tweezing, we are able to extract the front panel.

  • The display is almost the same as previous Touches, but hey, it has a white bezel now!

Would this lcd work for the 5TH gen? Or is the frame dramatically different?

iliketurtuls - Reply

We haven't tested it, but physically there doesn't seem to be any difference between the 5th and 6th gen front panels.

Andrew Optimus Goldberg -

1610A2 not display controller. This is Lightning port controller ! and 6573 is diplay PMU.

Plain0 - Reply

We've updated the 6573. Good catch! Thanks.

Jeff Suovanen -

Possible to put a nano-sim in here somewhere?

did they outfit t6g with the capability of 3g/4g sims?

Millions to who figures it out....

Josh - Reply

I'll bite... after that, all you need is somewhere to hook up an aerial and GSM radio... then you'll have something a lot like an iPhone 5C.

anonymous 6061 -

No light sensor just as the previous generation (and opposed to the 4th)?

serenadv - Reply

can we put this camera of ipod touch 6th gen to the lpod touch 5th gen? is it compatible?

thank's

juantajoe - Reply

So i didn't see this listed, but is it safe to assume the battery is still soldered to the mainboard?

Chandler Pelham - Reply

Yep, it's definitely still soldered. The assembly in the layout (battery/logic board/ports) is as separated as it gets without desoldering.

Sam Lionheart -

Hi. Will the new iPod touch 6th Gen dock onto an iPod touch 5th Gen docking cradle which has audio out (the cradle has 2 pins; one for audio (into the headphone socket), the other charging (lightning connector). I have an iPhone 5 and want to be sure the iPod Touch 6 will dock properly on both connections on the dock I have for iPhone 5.

wayne - Reply

where can i purchase the lcd digitizer for the ipod touch 6th generation????????

raytollefson67 - Reply

FYI gents, The 5th gen LCD will work on the the 6th gen. Tested 100%

Dave - Reply

is it true? I curently looking for screen of itouch 6th gen and i cant find . im thinkibg to use itouch 5th gen sceeen instead. Is it really work? does the graphics change or anything change ? pls answer me thank you

alm yuwysha -

Looks like they kept the same Cirrus Audio controller since the last refresh 3 years ago, which is not really acceptable since these cannot power decent size headphones properly due to it being underpowered. This is why I have to use a FiiO E18 portable amp / DAC to bypass the internal amp to power headphones properly.

adslnerd - Reply

Image 1/2: Apple A8 APL1011 SoC + SK Hynix RAM H9CKNNN8KTMRWR-NTH 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM (Same as iPhone 6, but [http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/15/apple-shows-ipod-touch-some-love-with-a8-processors-camera-upgrades-and-new-colors/#.f6jjcd:1zV2|underclocked to 1.10 GHz per core|new_window=true]) Image 2/2: NXP Semiconductors [http://www.nxp.com/documents/user_manual/UM10430.pdf|LPC18B1UK|new_window=true]  ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller (better known as the M8 Motion Coprocessor)
  • Let's touch some of these chips, shall we? This logic board is packing:

    • Apple A8 APL1011 SoC + SK Hynix RAM H9CKNNN8KTMRWR-NTH 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM (Same as iPhone 6, but underclocked to 1.10 GHz per core)

    • NXP Semiconductors LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller (better known as the M8 Motion Coprocessor)

    • Toshiba THGBX3G7D2KLA0C 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND Flash

    • InvenSense MP67B 6-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer

    • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S0231 Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Module (Probably based on Broadcom BCM4354)

    • Broadcom BCM5976 Touchscreen Controller

    • Texas Instruments 343S0645 Touchscreen Controller

WLAN/BT part is BCM4345 (same as iPhone 6) per Chipworks.

mdg1111 - Reply

Image 1/2: Apple [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=APP-338S1116&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=|338S1116|new_window=true] Cirrus Audio Codec Image 2/2: NXP Semiconductors [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=NXP-1610A2|1610A2|new_window=true] Display Interface Controller
  • More chips, more fun.

    • Apple 338S1116 Cirrus Audio Codec

    • NXP Semiconductors 1610A2 Display Interface Controller

    • Texas Instruments TPS65730A0P Power Management IC

    • Apple 338S00040-AZ Power Management IC (presumably a variation of the 338S1251-AZ PMIC found in the iPhone 6)

  • X-ray bonus round! Let's not forget our closer look at the uber-powerful A8 processor.

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Image 1/3: While very difficult, opening the case and replacing components is not impossible. Image 2/3: The battery is adhered with pull tabs that should aid in battery replacement. Image 3/3: Many components are soldered together, requiring either a very difficult or a very expensive repair if any one part breaks.
  • iPod turtle Touch 6th Generation Repairability Score: 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

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

    • The battery is adhered with pull tabs that should aid in battery replacement.

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

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

    • Ribbon 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.

  • And of course, a big high-five to our pals at Creative Electron for their awesome images and expertise!

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5 Comments

Anybody have schematics ipod touh 6

iCalfixit - Reply

how to disassembly the metal shield on the logic board to acces chips ? Hot air ?

KoSLoW - Reply

iFixit didn't mention the new, much larger (and therefore louder) speaker thanks to the removal of the Apple Loop connector! That's a real win!

Mark Ingram - Reply

What about the Hard Drive? I didn't see one any where in there. I have a 32GB model and I would like to upgrade to a SSD, is that possible? Mine constantly needs to be rebooted for some reason (in fact now it won't even reboot). Is there a way to fix it?

Martin Simons - Reply

Do you want to install woofers and tweeters with the ssd ?

Steve Phillimore - Reply

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