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One word of caution if you plan on purchasing Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new iPod Touch: it won’t be easy to repair. According to iFixit, the fifth generation multi-media player’s biggest flaw is that it won’t be as easy to fix as the previous generations were. They also said that it’s harder to repair than the iPhone 5.
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iFixit tore down the fifth generation Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPod Touch, in order to reveal all the internal components and figure out how to repair the gadget. This device includes 512MB of RAM, A5 processor, NAND Flash, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) dialog power management IC, Murata Wi-Fi module, Broadcom BCM touchscreen controller, and Texas Instruments 27AZ5R1 touchscreen SoC.
All these internal components help make the iPod Touch revolutionary, but it also makes repairing the device more difficult. iFixIt noted that Apple’s latest device was hard to open up because it doesn’t have any screws holding it together. The device also features two ribbon cables that were located on the logic board, which made it a bit harder to manage. In the end, iFixit gave the iPod Touch a rating of 3 out of 10 (the latter is the highest), because although it is possible to repair the device, it’s going to be more labor-intensive and more expensive.
Depending on the problem and the severity of the issue, it may just be cheaper to replace the broken iPod Touch with a new device. If you can afford it, it’s probably just more prudent to buy the iPhone instead (which garnered the rating of 7 out of 10 from iFixIt).
Will this report deter people from buying the new iPod Touch? I doubt it. Most people don’t usually take their old MP3 players to get repaired anyway, especially since it’s usually cheaper just to replace it with a new gadget.