iFixit has taken the iPod Shuffle apart.
“It took us a good half hour of prying and heat-gunning to open the little guy.”
More pictures after the jump.
There’s good, there’s bad. Check out what iFixit said about this iPod Shuffle 4th generation
Good: The control pad is attached to the logic board via a connector, allowing it to be easily separated.
Good: The lack of a screen eliminates a large weak point of other devices, making the Shuffle more resilient to falls. Just don’t flush it down the toilet.
Bad: You essentially have to break it to open it.
Bad: The battery is soldered to the logic board, making replacement that much more difficult.
Bad: Apple keeps shrinking connectors. These super-small cable connectors are increasingly difficult to open without breaking them.