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What they found was the device is beautifully designed even on the inside -- check out the contrast of the orange ribbon cable and the blue case. But the iPhone 5's thin little brother turned out to be very difficult to disassemble, reassemble and repair.
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Opening the device requires going through several clips and adhesive, and the lightning connector -- itself tied to the headphone jack and the microphone ribbon cable -- is soldered to the logic board. That's going to make any kind of messing around inside an extremely delicate operation.
iFixit gave the 5th generation iPod Touch a 3 out of 10 score in repairability (the iPhone 5 got 7 out of 10). The site noted that opening the case and replacing components is very difficult, but not impossible.
Check out the entire teardown here, and take a look through our own iPod Touch 5th generation unboxing gallery below.
Would its lack of fixability make you less likely to buy a Touch? Let us know in the comments.
Apple Sticks With Clear Plastic Cases
No big changes in Apple's overall packaging scheme with the new iPod touch (now in its fifth generation) and the iPod nano (seventh generation). The screens shown are clearly decals.
This story originally published on Mashable here.