Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

From the dismantling of iFixit, the latest iPod touch process level is even more advanced. Entertainment is also an irreplaceable part of the iPhone ecosystem in the iPhone. Is there a “beautiful man” like iPod touch? What is the hardware aspect of iPod touch 6 for the previous generation? Apple's announced sixth-generation iPod touch has an excellent configuration, a thin and light appearance, and more importantly, the low price has greatly reduced the threshold for experiencing iOS, and even seen as a 4-inch version of the iPhone 6. As a result, it quickly became the top loser in many people's shopping lists. As a new product that has long been a violation of the iPod product line, the sixth-generation iPod touch naturally escapes the undisputed screwdriver of the disassembly team iFixit. A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1GB RAM, 4.0 inch 1136*640 resolution screen, 326ppi also meets Apple's definition of retina screen, pre-installed iOS 8.4 system for these parameters Many people are already familiar with it, and the disassembly of iFixit allows us to see more details. In addition to the upgrade adjustments in hardware specifications, the maintainability of the new iPod has also been significantly improved.

The M8 motion coprocessor is NXP Semiconductors' LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller with 1GB RAM for SK hynix LPDDR3 memory. The sixth-generation iPod touch has a built-in 1043mAh lithium-ion battery, while Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch released in 2012 has a 1030mAh battery capacity and 512MB of RAM. There are also Toshiba NAND flash, InvenSense MP67B 6-axis gyroscopes and accelerometers, Bluetooth and WiFi modules, Broadcom and Texas Instruments' touch screen controllers and other components. The iFixit disassembled machine is a special red color, so the inside of the case is also carefully painted red.

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

TYPE-C interface + iphone5C appearance

This iPod touch 6 still does not have a Touch ID added in the home button position. It may be considered that the iPod as a mobile entertainment device belongs to a niche area, and does not need to promote Apple's payment system like iphone, quiet. Be a musical beauty man. The 4-inch size, the colorful back cover selection, and the lightweight form factor, if you are not serious, may use it as an iphone5C. In fact, for consumers of life and entertainment, colorful and individuality are inseparable attributes.

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Added gold option, Lightning interface, no Touch ID

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The internal structure is refreshing and clean, iFixit's blade is very professional

The professionalism of iFixit is unquestionable, and the iPod touch is “cut” into two parts directly through the tool. The internal structure of iPod touch 6 has no complicated design and continues the layout of the previous generation - fresh and clean. The screen fits just right, but the screen material is not sapphire, which may be a big pity. It can also be seen that the sapphire's large size is still limited by capacity.

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

New cable interlacing, the difficulty of dismantling is greatly increased

Pull out the battery module. Like the iPhone 5s, the battery of the new iPod touch is no longer fixed with traditional adhesives. From the parameter point of view, the new iPod touch has a battery capacity of 1043 mAh, 3.83V, 3.99Wh. The data for the fifth-generation iPod touch in this area is 1030 mAh, 3.7V, 3.8Wh. Apple said on the product introduction page that the new iPod touch supports 40 hours of music playback or 8 hours of video playback.

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Remove the new cable that is pressed under the battery module. The wires on this wire have Lightning connectors, speakers, microphone, headphone jack, and Home button. However, although the cable is new, it is still directly connected to the iPod touch's motherboard, which makes it more difficult to disassemble.

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

8M pixel iSight camera, sapphire absent

Remove the camera. Although it is also an 8 megapixel iSight camera, the iPod 6 is not the same as the iPhone 6 (with the Apple logo, which is the iPhone 6's camera). In addition to the different sizes, the difference between the two is: iPod touch has no sapphire lens and automatic image stabilization module. The camera of the previous generation iPod touch has a sapphire lens. This time the iPod touch6 gave up the sapphire lens "accidentally". The supply is too tight?

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Now remove the cable that connects to the front case and separate the entire front panel. From the results, the screen of the new iPod touch is not substantially different from the previous generation.

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

List of motherboard chip components, European and American suppliers are mainstream

The most important motherboards come, the chips labeled with different colors are (1): red - Apple's custom A8 APL1011 SoC processing chip, SK Hynix's 1GB running memory; orange - NXP Cortex-M3 microprocessor, also Is the M8 coprocessor; yellow - Toshiba 16GB memory chip; green - InvenSense 6-bit gyroscope and accelerometer; light blue - Universal Scientific Industrial Bluetooth / Wi-Fi module; dark blue - Broadcom touch screen control processor; Purple - Texas Instruments touch screen control processor.

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

Next is (2): Red - Apple's custom audio chip; Orange - NXP display interface control processor; Yellow - Texas Instruments DAC; Green - Apple's custom IC processor

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

The final maintainability, iFixit gives a score of 4/10, the difficulty of dismantling is still high, but there has been some progress compared to the previous work; multiple components are still welded together, for replacement and repair There is no small trouble; there are no fixing screws inside, and most of them are fixed by tape or the like.

Apple iPodtouch 6 big disassembly: A8 processor + M8 coprocessor

iPod touch 6 dismantling family portrait

Some of the electronic components suppliers in the iPod touch 6 generation: Apple 338S1116 Cirrus Audio Codec, NXP 1610A2 Display Interface Controller, Texas Instruments 6573 DAC, Apple 338S00040-AZ power management IC (iFixit speculated for the 338S1251-AZ PMIC on the iPhone 6 Variant), Huanxu Electronics 339S0231 Bluetooth / WiFi module (probably based on BCM4354).

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