I found a smooshed iPod touch that works! Kinda.
April 16, 2012 4:41 PM Subscribe
Good news: I found an iPod Touch (3rd Generation, model A1318, 64GB) on the ground by the highway! Bad News: It looks like it was run over by a truck, or a few trucks. Good News: it turns on when I press the button! Bad News: The touch screen glass is completely cracked off, so it doesn't respond to touch. Good News: it responds and operates otherwise perfectly, it charges, iTunes sees that it's plugged in (but won't let me proceed without a passcode), the screen looks crisp and bright. What are my options from here?
posted by not_on_display to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
Basically, the chassis is a little bent and scratched, and the glass of the touchscreen is pretty much gone. The two buttons work, though; I can give it a hard reboot. And the charging port works, too: I have brought it up from halfway charged (the way I found it) to fully charged. The screen itself seems to be unaffected, except that without the glass covering it, it won't respond to touch.
If I bring it to an Apple store — before I schlep over there — what will they be able to offer to do? If I want to try to swap out the working parts into another chassis, what steps should I take, and what parts should I get?
Also, how can I use the serial number to tell if this was stolen, or simply dropped out of a car window and run over a couple of times?