Apple new iPod touch “confirmed” to have A5 chip with iPhone 4S-level performance

When Apple announced its fifth generation iPod touch in September it boasted that it has a dual-core A5 chip that makes it “the most powerful” model yet.

A Japanese Apple blog, Mac Otakara, has now posted what it says are screenshots from the device, which goes on sale this month.

Using the System Status app, the blog apparently confirms that the new iPod touch does have an Apple A5 SoC (system on chip), which is based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 architecture. It reportedly has the same 800MHz clock speed and on-board PowerVR GPU that featured in 2011’s iPhone 4S.

The screenshots also confirm a display resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels, at 326 pixels per inch, the same as the iPhone 5’s new 4in Retina screen.

Apple iPod touch 5th generation

The iPod touch’s battery is slightly less capable than the iPhone 5 (3.7v with 930mAh of power, compared to 3.8v and 1,434mAh), but as Apple Insider points out, “This is to be expected as the iPod doesn’t need to run power-hungry cellular communications components.”

The cameras are shown as being 5 megapixels for the main camera and 1.2MP for the front-facing one.

To coincide with the launch of the fifth-gen iPod touch, Apple has released its official user guide, which can be downloaded as a free publication from the iBookstore.

Apple iPod touch 5th generation

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