iFixit tears apart new 16GB iPod touch, finds iPod parts inside

Those teardown fanatics at iFixit have been at it again, this time with the new 16GB iPod touch. Since the new one is virtually identical to the current 5th generation device, you wouldn't expect there to be much in the way of internal differences. And, you'd be right.

The main changes to the internals are where parts have been omitted on this new model. No camera and no strap loop holder means no parts for either of those, and inside the new iPod touch there is simply a void in both locations. The lack of the rear camera has meant some of the ribbon cables towards the top of the device have been slightly re-routed, and the microphone has now been moved up top instead of being rear facing as on the other 5th gen models.

Otherwise all other parts and construction are identical to the 32 and 64GB iPod touch. No unicorn dust or Leprechaun's gold inside, but for hardware nerds it's always cool to see whats inside our favorite devices without having to do it ourselves. The 16GB iPod touch hasn't been with us for long, but have any of you guys picked one up yet? How are you feeling about the lack of a rear camera?

Source: iFixit

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iFixit tears apart new 16GB iPod touch, finds iPod parts inside


So...you wrote an article to say that the new iPod is made up of iPod parts? I don't follow. Were you expecting Zune parts? Or perhaps components for a death ray?

Lord Vader, the battle station plans are not aboard this iPod and no transmissions have been made.

Are you certain?

Yes, sir. It's an iPod...not capable of establishing communication uplinks.

My son has the new Ipod Touch 5th Gen. 16 gig without the back camera and he REALLY HATES that there is no back camera for various reasons including he has to use the front all the time and that they do not make any, that he can find and like, a case WITHOUT the camera port hole. Other than that he LOVES his 5th Gen. 16 gig.