iPod 4th Generation Dissection

and white click-wheel

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I have a bad habit: taking everything apart.

I had owned my iPod for less then a week when I decided to crack it open for modding.

First off, I am a skilled technician and computer modifier, DO NOT attempt to open your iPod if you don't know what you are doing. 

I am not responsible for any damage to your iPod.

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The NakiPod! (Fully functional)

The iPod is of course very well built and designed, everything fits perfectly with each other.

The metal shell has micro-welded mounts, and the white shell had two layers, a clear layer and white layer.

They unfortunately cannot be separated.

The inside of the click wheel is my favorite, with a swirl of metal contacts.

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Just so no one thinks anything is photochopped, here is another shot.

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The LCD caught my interest after rumors that it may be color capable, due to the ability to turn all the pixels the blue.

This is not true however, a dissection of the LCD shows why.

First note the blue at the edges of the LCD

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First off the three backlight LEDs are VERY white.

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This image doesn't do them justice, but they are very bright and have no blue-tilt to them.

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Separating the LCD we can see the silver looking defuser.

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So why blue? It's the liquid inside the LCD.

Here I am holding the LCD up against a halogen light.

This also means that any LED color change will still have to compete with the blue tint.

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One reason I opened my iPod is to change the gray clickwheel to white.

The wheel is 0.84mm thick, or the same as a credit card.

I have some used plastic sheeting that is 0.86mm thick that I plan to use to make a prototype white click wheel. More on that later.

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Here is the iPod with a prototype white click-wheel.

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The new click wheel is not quite a white, due the poor quality plastic I used.

I plan on making a new one using higher quality plastic, and making the wheel a different color.

 

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