Apple is helping accessory makers out with a neat new look at its latest iPods.
The company recently published the full schematics on its recently announced fifth-generation iPod Touch (PDF) and seventh-generation iPod Nano (PDF). The information contained in the drawings might not be all that useful for the average consumer trying to understand more about Apple’s iPods, but it’s an important resource for developers and accessory makers.
With help from the schematics Apple offers, accessory makers can design, say, cases for the devices, docks that’ll fit the new form factor, and much more. Realizing that, Apple’s schematics include the standard dimensions, like width and thickness, but also show the amount of space between the top of the speaker port to the device’s upper casing, and the exact placement of volume buttons.
Apple announced its new iPod line at its iPhone 5 event last week. The fifth-generation iPod Touch comes with the same 4-inch display found in the new iPhone and sports the A5 chip currently found in Apple’s iPhone 4S. The device measures just 6.1mm in thickness, and includes a 5-megapixel rear camera. The iPod Nano, on the other hand, sports a 2-inch, multitouch display, and is 40 percent thinner than the sixth-generation model. It has a built-in FM tuner and comes in a host of colors
The company’s schematics show everything from the devices’ dimensions to important notes accessory makers should keep in mind.