Apple ipod touch (4th generation) review: best ipod value

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iPod touch Q&A - Updated July 11, 2016

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What are all the differences between the iPod touch 4th Generation (A1367) and iPod touch 5th Generation (A1421/A1509)?

Please note that all iPod touch 4th Generation và iPod touch 5th Generation models have sầu been discontinued. However, this Q&A has been updated with current iOS tư vấn details for both lines và it can be quite helpful for anyone buying or selling one of these models on the used market. EveryiPod.com also compares the iPod touch 5 & iPod touch 6.

With even the most cursory of glances at any of the iPod touch 4th Generation models -- whether from 2010, 2011, or 2012 -- & an iPod touch 5th Generation -- whether the 16 GB or 32 GB và 64 GB configurations with colorful case options or the "low end" 16 GB configuration only in blaông chồng và silver (and no rear camera) -- it is immediately apparent that the iPod touch 5th Generation models have a larger display và a different housing.

However, there are many other differences that merit detailed evaluation, too.

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Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPod touch 4th Gen - Left, 5th Gen - Right)

iPod touch 4th Gen (2010-2012) và 5th Gen Differences (2012-2014)

As noted above sầu, there are three different lines of iPod touch 4th Generation models and three different iPod touch 5th Generation releases, as well.

The iPod touch 4th Generation lines essentially vary only by the amount of capađô thị, whether it only was offered in blaông chồng or also offered in trắng, & by the introductory price.

The three iPod touch 5th Generation models -- the original 32 GB & 64 GB configurations, the "low end" 16 GB configuration introduced in 2013, & the final entry-cấp độ 16 GB configuration introduced in 2014 -- have more significant differences.

Apart from capacity, pricing, và other minor identifier differences, the final entry-màn chơi 16 GB và higher-end original 32 GB and 64 GB configurations vary only by the iPod touch loop. Specifically, the higher-kết thúc configurations included this iPod touch loop (wrist strap) whereas the accessory could be purchased for an additional US$9 (C$9, £7, và A$12 in Canadomain authority, the UK, và nước Australia, respectively) for the entry-level Model.

By contrast, the "low end" 16 GB model only was offered in silver và lacks both the rear mounted "iSight" camera & the ability khổng lồ attach the "iPod touch loop" entirely. It has other minor cosmetic differences and different identifiers, as are enumerated below, too.

Although Everyi.com"s Ultimate iLookup feature can uniquely identify each of these iPod devices by their Serial Numbers, all of the relevant models are subsequently referenced simply as the 4th Gen and 5th Gen, respectively, for the purpose of this Q&A unless the differences merit specific mention.

External & Camera Differences

Perhaps the most obvious difference between the iPod touch 4th Gen và 5th Gen is that the 5th Gen devices have a 4" (diagonal) widescreen display with a 1136x640 native sầu resolution và the 4th Gen have sầu a smaller 3.5" display with a 960x640 native sầu resolution. Both displays are considered lớn be "Retina" unique (326 ppi), but the 5th Gen display is IPS & has a better viewing angle.

The kiến thiết of the two devices themselves also varies significantly. The iPod touch 4th Gen models have sầu either a trắng or blachồng glass front & a chromed metal back with sides that taper quickly toward the rear, which makes it feel quite thin. The iPod touch 5th Gen models still have a Trắng or blaông xã glass front, but by contrast, use anodized aluminum "unibody" cases with only slightly rounded sides, which when combined with the larger display, make the device "feel" a bit larger than the iPod touch 4th Gen even though it is slightly thinner.

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Phokhổng lồ Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPod touch 4th Gen - Left, A1421 5th Gen - Right)

Rather than just trắng or blaông chồng, the iPod touch 5th Gen models were offered in a number of color choices. Specifically, the final entry-màn chơi 16 GB và original 32 GB & 64 GB configurations were available in six different colors -- gray, silver, pink, yellow, blue, and red. The gray option has a blaông chồng front whereas all other colors -- silver, pink, yellow, xanh, và red -- have sầu Trắng fronts.

For those really interested in tiny details, the 32 GB và 64 GB configurations originally were offered in a dark gray "slate" and this was switched khổng lồ a medium colored gunmetal "space gray" starting September 10, 2013. The subsequently introduced 16 GB configuration only was available in space gray.

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Phokhổng lồ Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPod touch 5th Gen -- 32 GB và 64 GB Color Options)

By contrast, the low-end 16 GB iPod touch 5th Gen (A1509) only was offered in silver, but it has a blaông xã front rather than a White one lượt thích the other models in silver (& as mentioned previously this low-kết thúc mã sản phẩm lacks the option of the iPod touch loop entirely). It also has cheaper black plastic volume control and on/off buttons -- lượt thích the iPod touch 4th Gen -- rather than aluminum ones like the higher-end iPod touch 5th Gen configurations.

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Photo lớn Credit:Apple, Inc. (iPod touch 5th Gen: A1421 Left; A1509 Right/No Rear Camera)

The cameras also are notably different. The iPod touch 4th Gen has two cameras -- a front-mounted đồ họa unique "FaceTime" camera and a rear-mounted 720p camera that can take 960x7đôi mươi still photos (roughly 0.7 megapixels).

The final entry-màn chơi 16 GB và original 32 GB và 64 GB configurations of the iPod touch 5th Gen also have two cameras, but they"re higher chất lượng -- a front-mounted 720p "FaceTime HD" camera that takes 1.2 megapx photos and a rear 5 megapixel 1080p "iSight" camera. This "iSight" camera also provides autofocus, backside illumination, a hybrid HR filter, a five-element lens, and an LED flash as well as Panorama & HDR tư vấn. The low-end 16 GB iPod touch 5th Gen (A1509) has the front-mounted 720p "FaceTime HD" camera, but it does not have a rear camera at all.

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Take a quick peek at the bottom of the devices, & you will immediately notice that the iPod touch 4th Gen models have the traditional long và thin iPod "Doông chồng Connector" port whereas the iPod touch 5th Gen models have the smaller & reversible "Lightning" port and a larger, and slightly clearer speaker. The iPod touch 5th Gen models also are equipped with revised earphones that Apple refers to as "EarPods" & that provide better noise reduction & a bit "snugger" fit for most people"s ears, but they vày not have sầu the integrated microphone and inline remote.

Identification Differences

Although the larger display, "unibody" thiết kế, and port type -- và whether or not the device has a rear camera -- make the iPod touch 5th Gen models easy to spot when side-by-side with the iPod touch 4th Gen, specific identifiers still can be helpful for precision when the devices are not side-by-side.

The most certain way khổng lồ externally identify the iPod touch 4th Gen và 5th Gen models is by the Model Number in small type on the bachồng of each device toward the bottom, although it can be quite hard khổng lồ read on the iPod touch 4th Gen models, particularly if the device has been scratched.

Nevertheless, all iPod touch 4th Gen devices tóm tắt mã sản phẩm number A1367, the 16 GB và 32 GB & 64 GB iPod touch 5th Gen models with a rear camera chia sẻ Mã Sản Phẩm number A1421, và the low over 16 GB iPod touch 5th Gen without a rear camera is Mã Sản Phẩm number A1509.

Everyi.com"s Ultimate iLookup feature -- as well as the my-huawei.com tiện ích for iOS 5 or later -- also can identify these iPod models by EMC Number and Order Number (launch the Settings tiện ích & then select General > About và finally scroll down lớn what is referred to lớn as "Model" in the iOS). For example, the 32 GB configuration of the iPod touch 5th Gen in blaông chồng and slate is MD723LL.

Both the site and my-huawei.com phầm mềm additionally can identify these devices by their Serial Numbers, as well.

Internal Differences

Internally, the iPod touch 4th Gen và iPod touch 5th Gen essentially are completely different.

The iPod touch 4th Gen has a variable tốc độ 1 GHz Apple A4 processor & 256 MB of RAM as well as support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (only the 2.4 GHz frequency of 802.11n) and công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 2.1+EDR. It provides an estimated 40 hours of music playbachồng and 7 hours of đoạn phim playback.

The iPod touch 5th Gen models, on the other hvà, have sầu a faster 1 GHz dual-core A5 processor & 512 MB of RAM as well as tư vấn for 802.11a/b/g/n (including both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies of 802.11n) và Công nghệ Bluetooth 4. It provides the same 40 hours of estimated music playback, but 8 hours of đoạn phim playbaông chồng.

iOS Support và Software Differences

iOS support also is a major point of differentiation. The iPod touch 4th Gen models only are partially supported by iOS 6. Most notably, when running iOS 6, the iPod touch 4th Gen models bởi vì not tư vấn Maps, Siri, Panorama, & FaceTime over cellular. They are not supported by iOS 7 or subsequent versions of the iOS at all, which was particularly upsetting khổng lồ some users as the device was sold as new a mere eleven days before iOS 7 was announced.

The iPod touch 5th Gen models, by contrast, are fully supported by iOS 6, iOS 7, & iOS 8. The devices are supported by iOS 9, as well. However, they are not supported by iOS 10.

Comparison Chart

For your convenience, the primary differences between the iPod touch 4th Gen & the iPod touch 5th Gen are summarized below:

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iPod touch 4th Gen(2010, 2011, 2012)
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iPod touch 5th Gen (2012, 2013, 2014) Display: Cameras: LED Flash: Five Element Lens: Processor Speed: Processor Type: Processor Cores: RAM: Storage Size: Wi-Fi: Bluetooth: Connectivity: Battery Life (Music): Battery Life (Video): iOS 6 Support: iOS 7- iOS 9 Support: iOS 10 Support: Color Options: Dimensions (Inches): Weight (Ounces): Model Number: Original Price (US):
960x640 (326 ppi)1136x640 (326 ppi)
VGA720p (0.7 MP)720p (1.2 MP)None/1080p (5 MP)*
NoYes
NoYes
1 GHz 1 GHz
Apple A4 Apple A5
SingleDual
256 MB512 MB
8, 16, 32, 64 GB16, 32, 64 GB
802.11b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n
2.1+EDR4
Doông chồng Connector Lightning
40 Hours 40 Hours
7 Hours8 Hours
PartialComplete
NoneComplete
NoneNone
White/BlackMultiple Colors
4.3 x 2.4 x 0.334.86 x 2.31 x 0.24
3.56 oz. (101 g)3.10 oz. (88 g)
A1367A1421/A1509
US$229, US$299, US$399†US$229, US$299, US$399§

* The 16 GB and 32 GB và 64 GB configurations (A1421) of the iPod touch 5th Gen have sầu two cameras. The 16 GB configuration (A1509) has the front-mounted 720p "FaceTime HD" camera, but it does not have sầu a rear camera at all.

† The first 2010 iPod touch 4th Gen models -- with 8 GB, 32 GB, và 64 GB of storage -- originally sold for US$229, US$299, and US$399, respectively. The 2011 iPod touch 4th Gen models, with the same capathành phố, sold for US$199, US$299, & US$399. Finally, the 2012 iPod touch 4th Gen models -- with 16 GB or 32 GB of storage -- sold for US$199 & US$249.

§ The 16 GB configuration that lacks the iSight camera was US$229. The 32 GB và 64 GB configurations were originally US$299 & US$399, respectively. The final entry-màn chơi 16 GB (A1421) configuration was US$199, US$249, và US$299, respectively.

Should I buy an iPod touch 4th Gen or 5th Gen?

Ultimately, although a newer device would be best for most users, just compared lớn one another, the iPod touch 5th Gen models provide a better và bigger display, better cameras (or at least a better camera for the low-end 16 GB model), faster performance, and more modern iOS tư vấn (albeit not current iOS support), & are the better choice for most people as a result.

If the iPod touch 4th Gen display, cameras, and performance meet your needs, keep in mind that app tư vấn largely has faded for iOS 6, và depending on your interest in apps, this may be a major limitation of the device. However, for those who want to lớn save sầu money, it remains worth consideration, particularly given lower prices on the used market. At a minimum, the iPod touch 4th Gen will remain a useful music player of locally stored music for some time.

iPod touch Purchase Options

There are many places to lớn buy a used iPod touch. However, buying from a quality company with extensive sầu iPod knowledge -- & after sales support -- will provide the best experience and save you money & time, too.

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