[3G iPod shuffle Teardown] Much Smaller, Lighter than 2G [Part 1]

Apr 1, 2009
Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad

Apple Inc released the third-generation model of its portable music player, "iPod shuffle," March 11, 2009 (US time). To examine how Apple drastically reduced the size and weight of the iPod shuffle, Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad purchased the new model.


The package of the third-generation iPod shuffle

In the package, there were the main body of the iPod, a headphone with a remote control and a cable to connect the iPod to a PC via a USB interface. On the main body, we could find only a slide switch to change among the power off, in-order playback and random playback modes.

While music is being played, the remote control, which is attached to the cable for the right earphone, is used for any operation. The headphone jack not only transmits audio signals to the headphone but also serves as a terminal port for USB connection.


In the package, there were a cable to connect the iPod to a PC via a USB interface (left), the main body of the iPod (center) and a headphone with a remote control (right).

Much smaller, lighter

We could feel how small and light the new iPod shuffle is when we held it in hand. It's like a small USB memory stick. Its dimensions are 45.2 (H) x 17.5 (W) x 5.3mm (D) excluding the clip (the depth is 7.8mm including the clip). And it weighs 10.7g. The dimensions and weight of the second-generation shuffle are 27.3 (H) x 41.2 (W) x 6.2mm (D) excluding the clip (the depth is 10.5mm including the clip) and 15.6g.


When we obtained the second-generation shuffle, we felt it was quite small. But we had the impression that the third-generation product is much smaller.