Teardown Analysis - Apple iPod Nano (Sixth Generation) 8GB Portable Media Player

Apple iPod Nano Sixth Generation with Touchscreen

September 26, 2010  | Subscribers Only

Andrew Rassweiler Senior Principal Analyst, Teardown Services

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In its initial five years of existence, the physical design of the Apple iPod Nano fluctuated from a thin tongue-depressor form (2005 and 2006) to a square-ish deck-of-cards (2007) and back to a thinner but more curvy media player (2008 and 2009) that feels at home in your hands with its all-so-familiar click wheel.  However, the new sixth generation of the shrunken iPod Nano introduced earlier this month made clean design break and went completely...

Apple iPod nano

Key Issues Addressed
  • How competitive are our designs from a technical perspective?
  • Where does our competition stand in terms of design sophistication?
  • Are our costs in line with those of our competitors?
  • How much does it cost our competitors to add certain product features?
  • How can we better position and differentiate our products?
  • What new or evolving solutions could we use in future designs that will increase performance and save money?
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  • OEMs
    • Market Research Managers
    • Product Marketing Managers
    • Design / Technical Managers
    • Purchasing Management
  • Component Manufacturers
    • Product Marketing Managers
    • Market Research Managers
  • Service Providers
    • Purchasing Management
  • Summary Analysis
    • Commentary for Specific Assembly Levels
    • Component Cost Tables and Graphical Representation
    • Downloadable BOM Files
  • Photo Analysis  
    • Block Diagrams / Functional Analysis
    • IC - Die Photos and Markings
    • Major Components
    • Sub-Assemblies

Andrew Rassweiler

Senior Principal Analyst, Teardown Services

Andrew Rassweiler manages the teardown service and also contributes as a principal analyst for teardowns. He has extensive knowledge on a variety of electronic devices and components, and provides a great deal of content and analysis in the teardown service...

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