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.
● 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.
● 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 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.
● 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)
iPod 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.
Take a look at a few photos below or hit the link below for the full teardown.