For its fifth-generation iPod touch, Apple stretched out the screen to 16:9 proportions and shaved off a millimeter of thickness. But while the extra engineering resulted in an improved device, iFixit claims it is actually more difficult to repair than previous generations of the iPod touch.
Like the fourth-gen iPod touch, released after the iPhone 4 in 2010, the new fifth-gen version shares some components and design ideas with its current iPhone sibling. This includes a 1136×640 pixel Retina screen, a 720p FaceTime HD front-facing camera, and an anodized aluminum rear casing. It also has a 1030mAh battery, an 11 percent improvement over the 930 mAh used in the older iPod touch.
But, like the previous generation, it also has many lower-end parts. For instance, the screen is a high-quality IPS panel, but not the same caliber as that of the iPhone 5, according to iFixit. The rear-facing camera is a 5MP autofocus module used on the iPad 3, instead of the iPhone 5's 8MP module. And it is powered by the 32nm die-shrink of last year's A5 processor instead of Apple's latest, custom-designed A6. Like previous iPod touches, the new fifth-gen also lacks dedicated GPS hardware for more accurate location-based applications. And, according to iFixit, the home button is not the same improved, high-quality part Apple used for the iPhone 5.