iPod Touch Tear-Down Confirms Hardware Details
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”.