3rd generation iPod shuffle teardown

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You should all know the drill by now. New electronics hit the market and someone has to post pictures of it spread open bit by bit. The new shuffle is no different as iFixit shows us. There are some very nice pictures of the entire process. As you can see, most of the space is taken up by the battery. The thing that is probably most striking here is the main problem that many people have with it; there aren’t any buttons.

[via Makezine]

Comments

  1. Rawrl says:

    From the design geniuses at Apple that brought you such successful products as the Macbook wheel, the laptop with only one button, comes the iPod Shuffle 3G, the iPod with no buttons.

    Shitsux. But then again, iPod design peaked with the original 4G in my opinion.

  2. Sam says:

    They should put in tiny electronic accelerometers into the thing and make it so that you can hold it in your hand and use gestures to control it if they want to rid it of buttons.

    It works for the Opera browser (I don’t ever click the back, forward, refresh, or close buttons anymore) and it worked in Black & White, now just take it to the real world. ;)

  3. andrew says:

    “they should put in tiny electronic accelerometers into the thing and make it so that you can hold it in your hand and use gestures to control it if they want to rid it of buttons.”

    so when i walk/run with the shuffle, it will constantly change songs on me? that would seriously defeat the purpose of the shuffle.

  4. Sam says:

    “so when i walk/run with the shuffle, it will constantly change songs on me? that would seriously defeat the purpose of the shuffle.”

    Running will only cause the accelerometers to go off in an elliptical pattern. The gestures can be carefully selected which won’t be triggered by this by accident.

    You might set them off with spastic motion though, like if you have a seizure, but I think you’d be more concerned about the seizure at the time than which song you’re listening to…

  5. JrRobin says:

    How long will it take until someone makes a 3 button adapter so you can plug standard earphones to it?

  6. anon says:

    Well, the iPhone supports shake-to-shuffle

  7. Louis II says:

    Even with the amazing miniaturization, I am almost certain a few modifications could let this device get an additional bit of space for more battery… but that might have to be a mod made on the manufacturing end of things.

    Still… an interesting set of photos; I hope some one determines the way the buttons work and makes a jack that adds buttons to the main unit and enables normal headphone use… but I suppose that the apple ear-buds might use substantially less power to produce sound than a standard set of phones…!

  8. cyrozap says:

    Cool ideas:

    *iPod Shuffle 15th Generation

    -No physical controls: it reads your brainwaves to find out what mood you’re in using tiny sensors in the earbuds.

    -Using those same sensors, it can also determine a comfortable volume level for you.

    *iPod Shuffle 16th Generation

    -Now it can give feedback into your mind: it transmits track information wirelessly into your mind using transmitters in the earbuds

    -Same features as 15th Gen

  9. malitior says:

    i do’nt know anything abot hacking can u send me a page or two so i can learn & be ur partner

  10. uf says:

    what is the ipod good for? Im lucky to get rid of all phones, music gizmos and trackers when walking.

  11. samurai1200 says:

    @malitior:

    yes.

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