iFixIt Disassembles iPod Shuffle, Posts Report

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Date: Monday, March 16th, 2009, 12:13
Category: iPod shuffle

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The uber-geeks of iFixIt.com have completed a full teardown and report of Apple’s recently-released third generation iPod Shuffle music player and discovered the following items of interest, as mentioned over on the Apple Core:

  • Normal headphones can be used without any adapters, except that the user cannot do anything except play music (no pause or volume control).
  • The battery is extremely tiny — about the size of a dime — and consequently has a paltry capacity of 73 mAh. That’s less than half the size of the batteries used in previous shuffles.
  • The weight of the entire shuffle is less than 11 grams, but the headphones add another 9 grams.
  • The rear cover and clip weigh as much as the rest of the shuffle.
  • With the casing removed, the electronics and battery weigh only 4 grams, less than the weight of a single sheet of paper.
  • There is only one screw in the shuffle.
  • The shuffle is not too challenging to open, but the rear cover can deform easily if the user is not careful while opening it.
  • If you’ve had a chance to pick up and play with the new Shuffle, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Rumor: iPhone OS Update Could Bring Copy and Paste, Multitasking Features

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    Date: Monday, March 16th, 2009, 08:19
    Category: iPhone, Rumor

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    It came from Rumorville, so some of it may be true: Per a live episode of the Diggnation video podcast recorded at Austin’s South by Southwest festival, Digg founder and show co-host Kevin Rose claimed to have confirmation that Apple will release copy and paste and multitasking features for the iPhone OS 3.0 software on Tuesday.
    To select text, he said, users would double-tap on a word to bring up the iPhone’s magnifying glass and then extend the “quotes” to cover the necessary text and perform the relevant action. It’s currently unknown as to whether this would be limited to copying and pasting or would include cutting text outright.
    Rose also hinted that many of the software efforts in the year since iPhone 2.0 will bring the device up to the level of the Palm Pre, which while unreleased has a number of software advantages over Apple’s platform. Rose then made mention of “multitasking” before being interrupted during the segment.
    Finally, Rose offered only moderate hope that Apple would incorporate video capture for the iPhone, explicitly warning that it wouldn’t be part of the feature set for 3.0.
    Rose has had a mixed track record for Apple-related rumors: while he accurately leaked the fourth-generation iPod nano and key components of iTunes 8, he has also been inaccurate regarding Blu-ray support and some iPhone features in the past.
    Separately, web site Gizmodo also claimed to have two similar tips relating to copy-and-paste that were received independently from Rose’s comments.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Faces Suit Over Exploding iPod Touch

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    Date: Monday, March 16th, 2009, 07:55
    Category: iPod Touch, Legal

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    A mother from Ohio has launched a suit against Apple claiming her son’s iPod touch media played exploded in his pants, caught fire, and left him with serious burns is currently seeking US$225,000 in damages from the company.
    According to Macworld UK, the suit claims the 16GB iPod touch exploded while inside the 15-year-old boy’s pants pocket.
    The complaint states that the boy was sitting at his desk at school when he “heard a loud pop and immediately felt a burning sensation on his leg.” When he stood up, the suit says, he realized the device was on fire.
    “[He] immediately ran to the bathroom and took off his burning pants with the assistance of a friend,” the lawsuit states. “The Apple [iPod Touch] had burned through [his] pants pocket and melted through his Nylon/Spandex underwear, burning his leg.”
    The boy is said to have suffered second-degree burns along with other “physical and mental conditions which will cause him to suffer pain, mental distress, emotional distress, and otherwise for the rest of his life.”
    The family is currently demanding US$75,000 in “compensatory damages,” US$75,000 in “punitive damages,” and US$75,000 in legal fees and other “special damages.”
    The suit names both Apple and the group of 10 employees who were at the Apple Store when the device was purchased as defendants.
    The suit can be read in its entirety here.
    If you have any thoughts or opinions about this, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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