By Stephen Schenck | October 11, 2012 5:10 PM
It’s not quite as exciting as the iPhone 5, but we’d be remiss if we ignored the new iPod touch just because it’s less powerful and lacks a cellular radio. After all, it’s still got a nice new four-inch screen and runs iOS 6, and it’s a heck of a lot more affordable when you factor-in the cost of a subsidized iPhone 5′s service costs. The new iPod touch follows the release of the iPhone 5 by a few weeks, but now that some enthusiasts have managed to get their hands on the hardware, a few remaining details about the handset’s specs can be confirmed.
Just as expected, there’s an A5 chip, instead of the A6 in the iPhone 5. The release of the fifth-gen iPod touch marks the first time the device has seen 512MB of RAM, stepping up from the 256MB in the previous A4-based version. That’s still well below the iPhone 5′s gigabyte, but it should make a big difference, all the same. The battery is ever-so-larger than the last iPod touch, growing to 1030mAh from 930mAh.
Even though the iPod touch has a screen of the same size and resolution as the iPhone 5, iFixit notes that this one is “a much simpler, cheaper design”.