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2G iPod touch Has Faster CPU Than iPhone 3G

Gordon Kelly


2G iPod touch Has Faster CPU Than iPhone 3G

Some consolation here for all of you poor iPod touch owners inexplicably duped out of Street View on your firmware 2.2 updates...

Turns out, despite being the most light weight (physically) of the mobile OS X based bunch the 2G iPod touch is fastest and by a considerable margin.

This rather surprising news has been broken by Touch Arcade who revealed Apple's flagship dedicated PMP had its CPU very quietly boosted to 532MHz - compared to the 412MHz on the iPod touch, iPhone and iPhone 3G - while there could also be increased GPU clock rates in there as well.

This intriguing info comes from an interview the site did with TouchSports Tennis developer Handheld Games Corp. Speaking to its CEO Thomas Fessler, Touch Arcade learnt that the company has been forced to drastically reprogramme its sports sim so it would run consistently on first and second generation iPod touches and iPhones.

"Where we can easily display two 1500 polygon tennis players with 32 bones each on the iPod touch 2G and maintain fast and fluid game play, the original iPod touch just chokes, and in some instances so do the iPhones," explained Fessler who went on to say a reduction to just 800 polygons was required to get the original iPod touch similarly smooth and this approach had yielded "great results."

"Great results" or not however ladies and gentleman, this simply isn't how any supposedly aspiring games platform is meant to operate. It is rule 101, possibly rule #1: provide a consistent, identical hardware platform for developers whether you see yourself as a linguistically retarded "Funnest iPod Ever" or not.

For the record Fessler believes the order of performance across all four mobile OS X devices to be uneven and - from fastest to slowest: iPod Touch 2G (by a long way), iPhone 3G, iPhone then iPod touch 1G.

Could the other models be set to see similar clock boosts in the future? Maybe, but then again could the iPhone 3G battery take a further hit...?

Bad Apple.


via TouchArcade.com

TouchSports Tennis on All Four Devices Simultaneously


November 25, 2008, 6:03 am

Apple strikes again!

Multiple hardware configurations seems to be a growing trend in gaming machines, first the Xbox 360 with it's optional hard drive, then the new DS with it's extra features and now the iPhone. Of course, the PC is way ahead of the curve as usual :).

The big issue here isn't going to be the different speeds, it's going to be that apple apparently hadn't informed developers about them, plenty of consoles have failed in the past because they weren't very nice to develop for and apple's likely to have really annoyed some developers with this news.


November 25, 2008, 3:36 pm

Games developers for many years have being programming based on multiple configured hardware, and even on dedicated hardware like the XBox & PS3 they still should be taking into account reduced CPU usage etc, especially as some of these devices will multi-task. It makes total sense for the I-Phone to run at a reduced clock speed for battery life, and of course the I-Phone does have more hardware to power up. I suppose what would be useful is if they could make the clock speed software controlled, so that while idle it could be reduced to say 100 and then for games 500 etc.


November 25, 2008, 6:22 pm

I don't understand the big hoo-haa over this? As noted above, PC platform has been operating on a far more complicated basis for years... I'd be more upset if they throttled future models to keep them consistent with earlier, slower models.

Scale performance across models and add incentive for people to upgrade...

Hamish Campbell

November 25, 2008, 7:44 pm

If they upgrade the Iphone with a faster chip I might just get one. Then I could process through all the nagging from my wife over the phone much faster.


November 27, 2008, 9:58 pm

I may have this wrong, but from my understanding, the iPhone3G has a 620MHz ARM cpu, which is underclocked to +/-400MHz. This said, I don't expect that they will introduce a faster chip, perhaps just a more energy efficient one ;)

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