After Hours

Cracking open the Apple iPod Touch

By Mark Kaelin

Apple iPod Touch

The Apple iPod Touch is the company's latest portable multimedia device. The iPod Touch includes the usual music playing features, but adds video playback and WiFi connectivity. In this Cracking Open Photo Gallery, we take a look inside the Touch to see how it is put together.

To see what this particular iPod Touch looked like before we cracked it open, check out our TechRepublic First Look at the iPod Touch Photo Gallery.

About

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.

23 comments
shibinpaul
shibinpaul

Thanks a lot dude.This sure was a very interesting.

diiisalinas
diiisalinas

does this little gadget has a hd or it has a flash memory unit?

thomas.curtis
thomas.curtis

Cracking open stuff is somthing I have done since I was a kid, anything from wind up clocks to old transister radios and black and white TV's they weren't that old then and neither was I. The challenge is to put back together and have no parts left (working of course). Thanks for the inside look.

gvanderlek
gvanderlek

Mark's "Cracked Open" series is a nice break in the day. It is amazing (at least to me) to see what is going into some of these products. The engineering is marvelous in most cases, and to see some of the "workarounds" (hi-tech duct tape, glue) that make the finished product a finished product is often surprising. Thanks again for this fun series!

Tin Hat
Tin Hat

[yawn] how incredibly boring... zzzzzzzz

hefni.el.tarzi
hefni.el.tarzi

Hope you were able to put it back together! Otherwize a costly exercise ;-)

yooper
yooper

Although I feel Apple serves a purpose, most of the time you sacrifice a huge amount of freedom to use their products. In other words, I'm not putting Apple nor it's products down, but I really can't see buying one personally. I love the thrill of building my own system, and know if something goes wrong, I can through another video card in from any vendor or make any modifactions I want without consulting the manufacture first. I realize hoards of "apple" people will be burning up their keyboards and clicking their "one button mouse" in response my heresy. :)

wvincent
wvincent

Really just wondering if you even bothered Googling the part numbers? That would at least have possibly told us what the chips were instead of "More Chips", and saved some of us the hassle of finishing the informative article ourselves. You've done better.

IsleShire3
IsleShire3

I am glad you got it back together. But I'd like to know more about the chips too.

moxa
moxa

What did you really find out? I like to open devices to enjoy human cleverness, but also to repair them. I did that with the japanese transistor radio back in the 60-ies and I still have to do it, repairing computers from ime to time. But I want to read more then "more chips". Mark Kaelin maybe could have found out more, but he just seems to be pissed off, that Apple realized a device people like. What about the display, what about the touch sensitivness. These are there interesting questions. What a pitty to destroy it - not even for fun or as an advertisement (mixer :-)

j556x45
j556x45

I am curious about this as well. Since the ones with the microdrive tend to skip on me. I reverted from the 30GB to the 8GB Nano on my bikeWhat sucks is the lack of BlueTooth and A2DP support. Why???

Magno101
Magno101

Don't suppose you stumbled across bluetooth while you were in there? If only this device had bluetooth and an FM radio, I would pick it up in a heartbeat.

rbatzing
rbatzing

You are out of date. The current iMacs are shipping with what is essentially a 5 button mouse to handle left and right clicks, central scrolling control and left and right squeeze. The Apple touch pads now support 1 and 2 finger jesters. So the simple mouse is not so simple any more.

rlrbear
rlrbear

AGREED.....started out as an computer company...changed into an appliance company...and is now a company for marketing the latest fad

rmanning
rmanning

Personally I think he has done a good job. The photos are clear and we can google the numbers ourselves if necessary. Dismantling some of theses devices can be a time consuming and careful process if the beast is to survive both the dismantling and reassembly. What I would like to see is the means to print all pages at once instead of having to painfully assemble all the text and photos into a Word document for future reference.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

It works fine after our cracking open. And these Cracking Open Galleries are not about reviewing the object in question -- it is just about the cracking open.

Another Canadian
Another Canadian

I download from iTunes on my iTouch and it won't play until the end the video clip will stop very often and at the beginning it will also crash, although it won?t crash anymore when viewing a video or listening from an AAC from iTunes on my 8 GB iTouch. Well I did report the problem right away as I was probably one of the first to buy one before any accessories start to show up in the store itself. I am not impress that no answer to anyone of my question, they said usually 24 hr to get an answer well it been month and month, great service indeed. And if anyone have a question regarding if my file are playing on my "stupid visa pc" Yes they are all playing very well, from AAC Apple from iTunes to Generic MP3 from 120kb to 190kb or higher when required. So my old creative MP3 survived until the end after many winter to -40 Celsius in Canada. I was leaving it in the car with a cassette adapter and frankly the sound is not as good as my old 10 GB hard drive creative, I have very good headset and on my Passat that player sound crappy if you compare to the Creative one. So you know why I bought the iTouch in the first place, I wanted a sleek interface and tough after many years in the mp3 market; Apple will give me a great service on a brand new product not mention it on a new line of product also. So potential buyer be aware of the supposedly "we take care of our customer" from Apple

rayan_mufti
rayan_mufti

Nice article. I appreciate looking inside and I'm fascinated by the compactness of everything... Except the battery :-) I have a 32GB and I love it although I'm not an Apple fan. Bottom line, with the Touch, you get what you pay for and even more. So, Bluetooth? I spent a lot of time trying to find out if there's an unsupported bluetooth ship like the iPhone but I couldn't find any conclusive evidence. Dear Mr. Author, Have performed and autopsy on an iPhone? Can you please compare? Thanks ;-) Rayan

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

Actually I did Google some of the numbers, but the results were less than helpful. What results there were referred to companies in Asia.