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Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch is 'significantly' less powerful than the iPhone 5

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Product: iPod touch 5th gen | Manufacturer: Apple
 
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Just how powerful is Apple's new fifth-generation iPod touch, then?

Well, according to Geekbench, your shiny new iPod is actually less powerful than the iPhone 4S, and "significantly" less powerful than Apple's three-week-old iPhone 5.

To be fair, the fact that the new iPod touch is less powerful than the latter is hardly surprising. The new iPod touch packs an 800MHz A5 processor, while the iPhone 5 houses Apple's newer 1.3GHz A6 chip, after all.

As you can see from the chart below, the new iPod touch is also less powerful than Apple's second- and third-generation iPads.

The score

This chart has been compiled using user-submitted data taken from the Geekbench Browser, which records processor and memory performance.

Scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 1,000. Higher scores are better, and lower scores are, well, not.



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Anthony Usher 15 October 2012
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Kbrpilot | 08:34 - 16 October 2012
I'm guessing it's performs a little under the iPhone 4s because it's basically the same hardware using a bigger resolution. That's going to require a little extra power than the 4S' smaller screen. To be honest, I'm surprised that the overhead isn't more than it is.

Regardless, I'm having a ball with mine. I skipped the fourth gen iPod touch but my third gen one is starting to wear out, so it was time for a replacement.
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thetruthisoutthere | 22:34 - 15 October 2012
@RockinIt The iPhone5 is estimated to be worth around $200. What they charge for it is a completely different story.

@8thRann The point is money. Apple is not 'the most valuable' company for nothing. They just need to convince people, that it is a new product. And to be honest, that is not really difficult, if it is targeted at Apple 'sheep'.

Basically, the iPod and all of its derivatives, the iPhone, the iPad, the iPad mini are all the same piece of hardware. Some of them getting new stuff, most of them old one to get rid of all the old components they let manufacture.
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RockinIt | 21:13 - 15 October 2012
@8thRann, because the iPod Touch is not one of Apple's marquee products, while the iPhone is, do you have any idea how much a sim free iPhone 5 is worth? Quoting UK prices here, but a 16gb iPhone 5 costs
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@8thRann | 18:18 - 15 October 2012
what's the point then? i use my phone (and if i had an ipod) a lot for gaming -_- i don't see why they couldn't have just made it as good as the iphone 5. AT LEAST a little more stronger than the 4S. I'm sure they have good reason. If they don't have a good reason then I would suspect money, and that it prolly cost more to do that, and they know for sure they get much more money with the phone than an ipod. Meh. I'll just get the phone.
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