[3G iPod shuffle Teardown] Chassis Hard to Open (as Always) [Part 3]

Apr 3, 2009
Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad

Continued from [3G iPod shuffle Teardown] Voice Guidance Function Examined [Part 2].

After examining the functions of the third-generation iPod shuffle, Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad started to break it down with help from an engineer. Our goal was to know how Apple reduced the size and weight of the shuffle.

First, we began to open the chassis, but it was quite hard as in the case of the other Apple's products. On the chassis, there is a mirrored clip. So, we tried to insert a thin metal stick into the gap between the chassis and the clip but failed several times until we finally succeeded in it.

We opened the chassis by inserting a metal stick into the gap between the clip and the chassis.

Then, we slided the stick so that the gap is widened, and pried open the chassis. The first thing that caught our eyes was a large semiconductor package with Apple's logo. Also, we noticed that there was a secondary battery in the lower part.

After prying open the chassis, which seemed to have been cut out from aluminum metal, we found a large semiconductor package with Apple's logo in the center of the chassis. We could not figure out the meaning of "E" mark seemingly drawn by an oil-based felt tip pen.

Next, we moved on to remove the main board. Only one screw is used to fix parts including the main board. The screw seemed to fix the board and the headphone jack to the chassis. We removed the screw and carefully took out the parts from the chassis.

Removing the parts from the chassis