New 4-inch 16GB iPod touch gets iFixt’s teardown treatment, internals virtually unchanged

Ipod touch

A couple of days back, Apple sneakily launched a new iPod touch and discontinued the old faithful 4th generation. Unlike the 32GB and 64GB 5th gen models, the new 4-inch iPod touch has no camera on the back, no Loop attachment and is only available in a single color. But, apart from that, it looks and feels just like the flagship models.

As is always the case with new Apple gadgets, iFixit didn’t take long to take apart the iPod to try and figure out what was new, whether Cupertino had tweaks some of the internals, or if it was largely the same. Unsurprisingly, the teardown process revealed very little except what we already knew: there’s no camera.


Original 5th gen (left) and new 16GB iPod touch (right)

iFixit summarizes the changes best as follows:

  • 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.

Often times when Apple releases a lower spec model, or at least when other manufacturers do it, compromises are made with a variety of components such as the processor, RAM, and quality of materials. But, Apple’s been true to its ethos of creating great products by keeping everything the same.

The internal component list features the following:

  • 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)

It looks like a great piece of kit, and will set you back only $229 for what is essentially the latest iPod touch. As long as you can live without a camera on your MP3 player, there’s little other compromising to be made. If you want to see the entire teardown in more depth, head on over to the iFixit page.

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  • rexalbel

    “iPods and iPads are not cameras” this to me is a backwards way of thinking. While I can understand the questioning of large tablets having a rear camera (though I can think of some uses) I think you are completely wrong about iPods, specifically the iPod touch. In today’s world the iPhone is available on every carrier and most smartphones are used as MP3 players. Apple should differentiate the iPod touch from an ipad and iPhone even more by increasing its camera capabilities past that of the iPhone. Since there isn’t a cellular radio which adds bulk and requires a bigger battery, the iPod touch should add an optical sensor and grow to about the same size as the iPhone. Storage sizes should increase and camera lense technology should be more on par with high end point and shoot cameras. I would gladly replace my Nikon point and shoot with an all in one media device capable of taking equal or better shots! You can even keep a 16 gig with a lower or no camera, but in general I think the iPod touch could benefit more from having a more powerfull camera and including GPS, making this the ultimate point and shoot as well as all around media device! If you want a simpler iPod than get an iPod nano or classic.

  • ChristianHauser

    I have the 32gb 5th and I personally wish it had a more powerful camera. Saying I still have a feature phone.