iFixit has posted a detailed teardown of the new sixth-generation iPod touch, confirming that the device has a 1,043 mAh rated lithium-ion battery and 1GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 RAM. Comparatively, the fifth-generation iPod touch released in 2012 had a 1,030 mAh rated battery and 512MB of RAM.
The teardown also provides a closer look at the new iPod touch’s Apple A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor (NXP Semiconductors LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller), Toshiba NAND flash memory, InvenSense MP67B 6-axis gyroscope and accelerometer, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi module, Broadcom and Texas Instruments touchscreen controllers and other components.
The new iPod touch received a relatively low repairability score of 4 out of 10, with ten being the easiest to repair, due to several components being soldered together, no external screws and ribbon cables that are difficult to remove. iFixit has posted detailed step-by-step teardown instructions for the new iPod touch and sells the required tools and parts for most do-it-yourself repairs on its website.
Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface 3 tablet with Windows 8.1, available in May for a starting price of $499. The latest iPad competitor is designed to be a laptop replacement, running full Windows, including desktop applications, and delivering all-day battery life. Surface 3 comes with 64GB storage and 2GB of RAM for $499, while a 128GB option with 4GB of RAM costs $599. Both Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE models are available.
Surface 3 is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, a significant shift from ARM processors used in previous models. The tablet also features a 10.8″ full HD display at 1,920×1,280 pixels resolution, full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, headphone jack, cover port, micro USB charging port, Bluetooth 4.0 and three-position kickstand. The tablet will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 when available, and includes a one-year Office 365 subscription to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more.
The base model Surface 3 in 64GB and 128GB options is available for pre-order now through Microsoft’s website for delivery starting the first week of May, while the 4G LTE models are listed as shipping by June 26th. The tablet includes a 1-year limited hardware warranty. More detailed hardware specifications and general information about the tablet is available on the Surface 3 product page.