A brand new iPod touch has ascended from the depths of Apple HQ, and as sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, iFixit has torn the thing apart with heat guns and spudgers. If you kindly recall Apple’s iPhone/iPod/iTunes announcement last month, you know that the fifth-gen iPod touch has quite the spec bump, but unfortunately is more difficult to repair than the fourth generation model.
iFixit gave the music player a 3 out of 10 on the repairability scale, compared to the iPhone 5′s shocking 7 out of 10. For a little perspective, the fifth generation model scored one point less than the fourth generation model, which got a 4 out of 10.
Apparently dealing with the battery isn’t all that difficult, which is good news considering battery problems are relatively standard.
But iFixit says that Apple soldered many of the components together. And to top that off, there are no external screws on the device, but rather clips and adhesive. It’s a shame considering the iPod update cycle seems generally longer for most users.
Generally speaking, be careful when handling and try to avoid having to repair it altogether.
In related news, Apple recently launched a new iPod TV ad called Bounce, featuring all three updated iPod products, including the touch, nano, and shuffle. Welcome to a world of color.