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Apple iPod touch 5th generation

Sep 12, 2012
Market status


  • High pixel density screen (326 ppi)
  • Small dimensions (4.86 x 2.31 x 0.24 inches)
  • Thin body, measuring less than 7.5mm/0.3inches (0.24 inches)


  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Proprietary USB connector - have to use its cable instead of a standard microUSB
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)




The 2012 iPod touch is probably the biggest redefinition the series has seen since its launch. For the first time, the iPod touch arrives with a bigger, 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel iSight camera shooting 1080p video, and a selection of vibrant colors. The iPod touch has a brilliant new design putting it in a category where it’s thinner and lighter than the iPhone, and with a unique lace it almost looks like this device is now not just a music player, but also a camera replacement.

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  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • iOS (9.x, 8.x, 7.x, 6.1, 6)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.86 x 2.31 x 0.24 inches (123.4 x 58.6 x 6.1 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.10 oz (88 g)
      the average is 13 oz (371 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 4.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 326 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 60.95 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch


  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.4
    • Features:
      • Face detection, Digital image stabilization, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
    • Shooting Modes:
      • High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Digital image stabilization, Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.2 megapixels


  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Apple A5
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Graphics processor:
      • PowerVR SGX543MP2
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 512 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB


  • Music playback:
    • 40.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 8.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1030 mAh
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes


  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Speakers:
    • Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • Safari
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload)


  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • Proprietary
    • Features:
      • USB charging
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync, AirDrop
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Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope
    • Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 12 Sep 2012

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • iPod touch loop, Apple EarPods, Lightning to USB Cable, Quick Start guide

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Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Apple iPod touch 32GB

  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB

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