5th-Gen iPod touch Uses iPhone 4S CPU, GPU

Apple releases “iPod touch User Guide For iOS 6” e-book

With the techies at iFixit yet to tear down the new-generation iPod touch from Apple, some people in Japan decided they’d wait no longer and ran a test on the player to see how powerful it is.

Macotakara doesn’t mention how its source got hold of a 5th-generation iPod touch, but the Japanese blog claims the screenshots were taken on such a device running the app “System Status.”

The iPod appears to be running an Apple A5 System on a Chip (SoC) assembly based on ARM's Cortex-A9 architecture. It has the same clock speed and PowerVR GPU found in the iPhone 4S.

Other tech specs confirmed by the hardware-test application include the screen resolution (capped at 1,136-by-640 pixels, just like the iPhone 5) with a pixel density of 326 ppi.

The battery has lower voltage than the iPhone 5 cell, mainly because the iPod touch doesn’t use as many radios. The rear camera is 5-megapixel strong, while the front-facing sensor only has 1.2-megapixel capabilities.

In what can be regarded as related news, Apple has just released the “iPod touch User Guide For iOS 6” in e-book format on the iBookstore.

A free download to all iDevice owners, the guide promises to offer “everything you need to know about iPod touch, in a handy eBook format.”

“Get to know iPod touch and discover all the amazing things it can do, and how to do them,” Apple says. “It's the definitive guide for getting the most from your new iPod touch, straight from Apple. The iPod touch User Guide is an essential part of any iPod touch library.”

The description may be a tad misleading to geeks looking for specific technical details such as the ones dished out in the above paragraphs. You’ll find no such information in this guide.


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