7th-gen iPod nano teardown reveals new Apple processor, SanDisk flash

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
A teardown of Apple's seventh generation iPod nano, announced Tuesday, revealed a new Apple processor and a switch to SanDisk flash inside the diminutive music player, but few other internal changes from the previous model.



A report from the teardown experts at iFixit shows that the new model of Apple's popular music player has an identical internal build when compared to the previous generation, with most components carried over from last year.



The two most noteworthy component changes to the nano's hardware are an updated Apple processor and a switch from last year's Toshiba flash memory to modules supplied by SanDisk.



The new processor, a repackaged Samsung stacked package-on-package chip, carries an ARM application processor and 512 Mbits (64 MB) of mobile DDR SDRAM, reports TechInsights.



The new nano features re-worked software with a refreshed UI sporting 16 new clocks, and a firmware update that gives users an "improved fitness experience" without the need for a Nike+ sensor. The new software has also been made available to owners of last year's model.



Apple acknowledged that some users had taken to wearing the iPod nano as a watch. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said the company "thought that was really fun," so it had designed the new clock faces, which include Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog themes.



New Apple processor from seventh-generation iPod.

Teardown of seventh-generation iPod nano by iFixit.



But for some, the most compelling feature of the new nano may be its reduced price. The 8GB model now sells for $129, while the 16GB nano is now $149, down from $149 and $179, respectively.



The device continues to feature the same 240-by-240 pixel multitouch display, as well as an identical logic board and chipset. iFixit gives the new nano a moderately difficult repairability score of 5 out of 10, mostly due to the need for a heat gun to remove the screen and the battery being soldered directly to the logic board, making replacement cumbersome.





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  • Reply 1 of 65
    Can anyone clear up the fitness feature: does the new Nano software completely replace all the functions of the Nike+ sensor? Is there now absolutely no advantage to using the latter?
  • Reply 2 of 65
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tonton View Post


    Can anyone clear up the fitness feature: does the new Nano software completely replace all the functions of the Nike+ sensor? Is there now absolutely no advantage to using the latter?



    And does last year's clip-on iPod Nano also get this new Nike+ feature or is there new HW in the new model to make it work?
  • Reply 3 of 65
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member
    I love it. See you at the mother ship Steve. \
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  • Reply 5 of 65
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    And does last year's clip-on iPod Nano also get this new Nike+ feature or is there new HW in the new model to make it work?



    It's out now and I have it installed on my 16GB 6th gen. It's pretty sweet. I love the new clock faces. It does in fact have the Nike+ feature and has had it for at least 2 generations.
  • Reply 6 of 65
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,494member
    We miss you Steve.
  • Reply 7 of 65
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    Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post


    According to the website, an accelerometer is now built in.



    http://www.apple.com/ipodnano/features.html#fitness



    The nano has had an accelerometer since at least gen 4.



    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=559327
  • Reply 8 of 65
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post


    According to the website, an accelerometer is now built in.



    http://www.apple.com/ipodnano/features.html#fitness



    Thanks.



    AI's writing makes it sound like it's not a new HW feature…
    Quote:

    A report from the teardown experts at iFixit shows […] an identical internal build when compared to the previous generation, with most components carried over from last year.



    The two most noteworthy component changes to the nano's hardware are an updated Apple processor and a switch from last year's Toshiba flash memory to modules supplied by SanDisk.



    […] and a firmware update that gives users an "improved fitness experience" without the need for a Nike+ sensor. The new software has also been made available to owners of last year's model







    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Smiles77 View Post


    It's out now and I have it installed on my 16GB 6th gen. It's pretty sweet. I love the new clock faces. It does in fact have the Nike+ feature and has had it for at least 2 generations.



    And you have Nike+ built into your 6th gen Nano simply from the firmware update?
  • Reply 9 of 65
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    And you have Nike+ built into your 6th gen Nano simply from the firmware update?



    The app was on there in the old version. I haven't seen any improvements or differences between the 1.0 and 1.2 update. To my knowledge, the dongle sensor is for much more precise measurements than just the accelerometer; while the app remains the same.
  • Reply 10 of 65
    vadaniavadania Posts: 425member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    And does last year's clip-on iPod Nano also get this new Nike+ feature or is there new HW in the new model to make it work?



    You still have to buy the shoe. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but it won't work with out it. I may have been built in for a while, (i'll check the code when i'm done studying).



    Sol, are you o.k. today?



    Yes. Last gen has Nike+ built in.
  • Reply 11 of 65
    ikolikol Posts: 369member
    Can anyone recommend a watchband for this?

    I think this is a very cool product now with the update- esp its pricing. Schiller seemed to really light up when presenting it. A pure fun device with lots of music for the gym-I'm looking to upgrade my 3G shuffle with this. iLounge has upped their rating for it too.
  • Reply 12 of 65
    vadaniavadania Posts: 425member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iKol View Post


    Can anyone recommend a watchband for this?

    I think this is a very cool product now with the update- esp its pricing. Schiller seemed to really light up when presenting it. A pure fun device with lots of music for the gym-I'm looking to upgrade my 3G shuffle with this. iLounge has upped their rating for it too.



    Really? You can't even use the nano at the gym anymore. If you want it as a watch, go ahead. So you want a woman to show you to (probably a plastic) band that you will put your iPod on that takes ten minutes to get to a song. O.K.



    Would you buy your women a plastic engagement ring?







    I still like the last, last iPod... with the click wheel and the screen so I know what I'm doing.
  • Reply 13 of 65
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Smiles77 View Post


    The app was on there in the old version. I haven't seen any improvements or differences between the 1.0 and 1.2 update. To my knowledge, the dongle sensor is for much more precise measurements than just the accelerometer; while the app remains the same.



    In the old version, the pedometer app worked without the Nike+ shoe transmitter, but to get the full features of Nike+, you needed not only the transmitter, but the receiver as well.
  • Reply 14 of 65
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tonton View Post


    In the old version, the pedometer app worked without the Nike+ shoe transmitter, but to get the full features of Nike+, you needed not only the transmitter, but the receiver as well.



    So if you still need the shoe fob then it means they added the proprietary wireless tech built off of 802.11 to the new Nano. That, the new SW, and a price drop sound pretty good but not good enough for me to give up using Nike+GPS on my iPhone. I love that app!
  • Reply 15 of 65
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iKol View Post


    Can anyone recommend a watchband for this?

    I think this is a very cool product now with the update- esp its pricing. Schiller seemed to really light up when presenting it. A pure fun device with lots of music for the gym-I'm looking to upgrade my 3G shuffle with this. iLounge has upped their rating for it too.



    If you intend to wear your Nano as a watch exclusively, I absolutely recommend the LunaTik, which I have and I love, and never cease getting compliments about, and I especially love the look of the brand new LunaTik Lynk:





    If you want to remove your Nano often and use it without the watch band, I would recommend the TikTok, from the same site.
  • Reply 16 of 65
    vadaniavadania Posts: 425member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tonton View Post


    In the old version, the pedometer app worked without the Nike+ shoe transmitter, but to get the full features of Nike+, you needed not only the transmitter, but the receiver as well.



    Yea, I hear ya. The receiver is in the shoe. I've tried to buy several different brands and I have to admit that the salesmen have always been very honest with me.



    Thanks for being rather evasive with your post.
  • Reply 17 of 65
    eksodoseksodos Posts: 186member
    Wow these new Nanos truly are remarkable devices. Imma buy one now I think.
  • Reply 18 of 65
    vadaniavadania Posts: 425member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eksodos View Post


    Wow these new Nanos truly are remarkable devices. Imma buy one now I think.



    Yes! Very remarkable. Let me know if you want a 'run down' compared to last years model.



    No, really, I don't mind.\
  • Reply 19 of 65
    vadaniavadania Posts: 425member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Thanks.



    AI's writing makes it sound like it's not a new HW feature?









    And you have Nike+ built into your 6th gen Nano simply from the firmware update?



    Yes, we've been running along to the "oldies" so to speak, for a while now.



    Literally Sol, the only change was being able to change it to one button per screen...
  • Reply 20 of 65
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vadania View Post


    Yea, I hear ya. The receiver is in the shoe. I've tried to buy several different brands and I have to admit that the salesmen have always been very honest with me.



    Thanks for being rather evasive with your post.



    ???



    No, it's the pill-shaped transmitter that you put in the shoe. It's not "in" the shoe when you buy the shoe, and you can actually buy a shoelace adapter for any shoe, not just Nike. The receiver connects to the dock connector on the Nano and the Classic, and is built-in on the iPod Touch and iPhone.



    My question was whether the new Nano can provide all of the Nike+ functions as the transmitter/receiver combo. I still haven't got an answer.





    Receiver on the left, Transmitter on the right. The receiver is built in to the iPod Touch 3rd and 4th gen, and the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4/4S.





    Shoelace adapter for non Nike+ shoes.
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