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iFixit opens up the new 16 GB iPod touch


Apple last week unceremoniously introduced a new, lower-cost iPod touch model. Priced at US$229, the new iPod touch comes without a rear-facing camera or the recently introduced wrist loop. Aside from that, the model is essentially the same as current fifth-generation iPod touch models.

That, however, didn't stop the industrious folks over at iFixIt from getting their hands on the newest iPod touch and tearing it upon.

Aside from the lack of a 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera, there isn't much that distinguishes the iPod touch fifth generation 16 GB from its (slightly older) forebear. So, for this teardown, we played a game of spot the differences. Here's what we found: there's a gap on the logic board where the camera cable used to connect, the microphone moved from the back of the iPod to the top, and the baffling post for "the loop" has been nixed.

While Apple will likely not divulge this information, it'll be interesting to gauge how the low-cost iPod touch sells relative to its higher-priced brethren.

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