The iPod may be gone, but we’ll never forget how amazing Apple’s portable music player was. To mark his incredible career, the team at Lumafield have placed the iPod under their Neptune scanner to show how remarkable and revolutionary it was, and how it has evolved over the years.
Lumafield chose three models to scan: the first-generation iPod, the sixth-generation iPod Classic, and the original iPod nano. The results are fascinating and show how Tony Fadell and the iPod team were able to design the iPod for maximum space and slimness. In fact, Fadell joined Lumafield in examining the scans and recalling the complexity and precision involved in designing each player. As product lead Jon Bruner explains:
We chose these iPod models because they illustrate some important milestones. The first, of course, was a milestone in product design, but it is also the only one with a mechanical wheel. You can see the ball bearing in the scan, and Tony talks about how difficult it was to develop a mechanical wheel that didn’t rock from side to side when in use. The sixth-generation iPod Classic was the mature version of that product line, with a solid-state wheel, more modern connectors, and much less empty space inside. The Nano Gen 1 predates the 6th generation iPod Classic and represents a huge step forward in miniaturization.
We’ve created a gallery of our favorite images below, but head over to Lumafield’s iPod CT Scan site for the full video and 360-degree scans.