Apple’s new lineup of iPod touches haS recently begun to ship and, like all Apple products before, it has gotten the iFixit treatment. In doing so, iFixit found that the new iPod touch design isn’t as close to the iPhone 5 as Apple previously claimed. It has a weaker Home button, and other tidbits.
iFixit found that the fifth-generation iPod touch has a Home button with a rubber membrane, which is weaker than the redesigned Home button they found in the iPhone 5 teardown. The volume buttons, microphone, IED flash and power button were also found to be connected with the same ribbon cable that peels easily from the rear case.
iFixit explains why this could be problematic: “We’ve seen this type of design in previous Apple products. The shift to a single ribbon cable is more cost-effective for the manufacturer, but unfortunately it has a negative impact on repairability.”
The battery of the new iPod touch was described as a “Plane Jane” component with a rating of 1030 mAh, which is an increase from the previous model’s 930 mAh. On a single charge, the battery is able to provide 40 hours of music playback.
The 4-inch Retina display of the new iPod touch was also found to be inferior to the screen of the iPhone 5. Despite Apple claiming them to have very similar functionality, iFixit found the iPod touch screen to be a “much simpler, cheaper design.”
iFixit also took a look at the camera in the fifth-generation iPod touch. The 5-megapixel camera lens is capable of recording high-definition 1080p video at 30 frames per second.