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Cracking Open the Apple iPod Touch 2nd generation

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Over the past year or so we have cracked open several versions of the Apple iPod and the iPhone. These are always delicate operations that often result in broken devices. Unfortunately, the Cracking Open of the iPod Touch second generation is falls in the broken category. Here is what happened.

Photos by Mark Kaelin for © TechRepublic.com

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

9 comments
dcolbert
dcolbert

The progress of these pictures doesn't make sense. At what point did the reviewer crack the LCD? In image 14, he is claiming that it accidently turned on and was still working. Suddenly in image 19, the device has a cracked LCD. There is no REASON other than careless handling that the LCD should have been destroyed between steps 14 and 19 - because the LCD was already largely disassembled and free - that is, there would be no reason to apply any force on the LCD. Based on this alone, I'd think that this "failure" to crack open the device has as much to do with the person attempting the hack as with the device itself. A better 2G ipod touch disassembly can be found here: http://appleipodtouch.blogspot.com/2008/09/ipod-touch-2g-disassembled-by-ifixit.html This isn't spam, I have no interest in linking to this site, but if you follow the link, you do so at your own risk. I'm just trying to share information relevent to this article.

sangraal
sangraal

Did you have Apple interest or something? Was it glue the only thing holding the faceplate on? Do you have intricate hardware experience? It did look like you hacked into the thing and the (anti)climactic finish was a message about not trying it because of damage.

brianbrian
brianbrian

Almost all the pics are of the how the ipod was damaged. You should have shown more of the guts. I mean, that's why we'd want to see a Cracking Open gallery anyway.

awjester
awjester

How does this make sense when I must replace a unit just because the battery is dead or weak? Must be the Apple time-warp.

elderlemon
elderlemon

had a friend repaired his and he has monkeys feet for hands and a brain alien to technology. Some dude talked him through it in a chat room but whatever the problem was it was fixed and he proudly boasts his repaired iPod with scar tissue from a paper blade. If its scrap anyway there is no risk having a go. Must be the McIver syndrome but what's a body to do when their hardware is synonymous with their software and still no proper XP 64 bit software. Fire them into orbit in a correct "PC" and environmental friendly way

tlynch
tlynch

my only question....why?

manusharma
manusharma

Hi all I am working in Apple technical support and i would not recommend any one to try it coz the repair charge are very high.... and when your iPod/Iphone goes for battery replacement you would never ever get the same iPod/ iPhone back.

daremos
daremos

It's clear that to break and damage this icon of USA culture effected you severely ;)... most of the review is about the damages you inflicted to the poor apparatus :D :D :D But... what, we the followers of "Cracking Open" series, wants to know is more of chips and circuits and all about what is hidden inside this sophisticated Chinese product... and we miss a lot of this. What a pity!!! PD.: Are you affected by Steve Jobs sickness?

Betageek52
Betageek52

Now, MacGyver is making the rounds. LOL! I had to go to the IMDB to find out how to spell that one!