Over the past year or so TechRepublic has cracked open several versions of the Apple iPod and the iPhone. These are always delicate operations that often result in broken devices. Unfortunately, the Cracking Open of this 8GB iPod Touch second-generation (and least expensive) model falls into the broken category. Here is what happened.
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All cracked up
Within two minutes after starting we had a catastrophic event. The glass faceplate is toast already.
The cracks in the glass radiate out from the epicenter. Getting the faceplate off is even more challenging. The cracks will get bigger as we go and the glass is likely to shatter into smaller pieces.
The main circuit board houses the Apple software ROM, the ARM processor, and the 8GB of memory. Unfortunately, most of the chips are under a very elaborate heat sink. This is completely new with the second-generation iPod Touch. Even the iPhone 3G did not have this configuration.
At this point I still had high hopes that we could buy a replacement faceplate and fix our iPod Touch.
This is the Apple iPod Touch cracked open. Notice the LCD screen. It has a couple of discolored areas. I was apparently feeling very destructive the day I cracked this device open, because the LCD screen is useless now.
To summarize: Do not ever open your iPod Touch--ever! Apple has gone to great lengths to make this device nearly impossible to open without breaking something. My best advice: Take care of your iPod and if it does break, get a new one.