iPod nano 7th gen teardown reveals supplier swap

Chris Davies - Oct 7, 2011
iPod nano 7th gen teardown reveals supplier swap

Apple’s new iPod nano has undergone the teardown treatment, with the updated 7th generation PMP now revealed as having a quiet change in component suppliers. After stripping down the new media player to its component parts,¬†iFixit¬†discovered Apple has shifted from Toshiba to SanDisk flash memory as well as making more obvious software changes.

Meanwhile, there’s also a new processor to be found, though Apple isn’t talking specifications. Instead, it’s more keen to discuss the streamlined UI, which now uses a full icon view rather than a more fiddly grid layout, and the integrated support for Nike+.

The component supplier switch is likely a cost chasing measure, given Apple has cut pricing for the iPod nano in the seventh generation. The 8GB model is now $129 and the 16GB is now $149, and if you consider there’s now no need to buy separate Nike+ receiver hardware it’s even more of a good deal.

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