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Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch is 'significantly' less powerful than the iPhone5

10-15-2012, 04:56 AM
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Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch is 'significantly' less powerful than the iPhone5

For those touch users that want to upgrade to be on par with iPhone 5, beware:

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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.


Source: Pocketgamer

Last edited by Echoseven; 10-15-2012 at 05:07 AM.
10-15-2012, 04:58 AM
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What was the 'score' of the ipod touch 4th gen ? I thought it would be quite a jump from ipod 4th gen to 5th ?

I'm tempted to get a 5th gen ipod as i'm finding a fair few apps keep crashing on my ipod touch 4th gen.

10-15-2012, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by psj3809 View Post
What was the 'score' of the ipod touch 4th gen ? I thought it would be quite a jump from ipod 4th gen to 5th ?
The 5g Touch is much more powerful than the 4g. Same CPU as the iPhone 4S.

Ignore the iPhone comparisons. Every generation people compare the new Touch to the new iPhone, and it is just pointless. Compare the 5g Touch to the 4g Touch, and you'll see it's a huge improvement.
10-15-2012, 05:15 AM
#4
Why is this news to anyone? Apple said as much when they unveiled it.
10-15-2012, 05:36 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chocolate View Post
The 5g Touch is much more powerful than the 4g. Same CPU as the iPhone 4S.

Ignore the iPhone comparisons. Every generation people compare the new Touch to the new iPhone, and it is just pointless. Compare the 5g Touch to the 4g Touch, and you'll see it's a huge improvement.
Thanks, thought that was the case but ta for confirming. Hopefully will get an ipod 5th gen.

Only problem will be selling my 4th gen, its 64 gig but the home button is quite 'stuck', nothing seems to solve it and it'll cost a bit to break the glass to fix it. Think i'll just obviously be honest about it on ebay and try to get some money back from it. Annoying though
10-15-2012, 05:47 AM
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Just had a look out of curiosity the iPod Touch 4th gen clocks a score of 378 for comparison, I think the real upgrade is the GPU though and I'm not sure if Geekbench takes that into account.

On a personal note though l found it interesting my own mid range Android phone beats the iPad 3rd gen comfortably.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out
10-15-2012, 07:20 AM
#7
Geekbench is a fickle one. My iPod Touch 4G just scored a 391 on Geekbench and I haven't seen it's score dip below 390 in quite awhile.

3..2..1..and that's all I have to say, for now.
10-15-2012, 08:05 AM
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You're concerned about GPU power here, not geekbench scoring, which primarily measures the CPU.

The iPod 5 is has the same chip as the iPad 2 and 4s: the a5. It's a huge step up from the a4, with apple touting 7x faster graphics and 2x increase in CPU speed. Compare that to the a6 and a5x, both of which have only a 2x increase in graphics over the a5, with the a6 also having a 2x increase in CPU speed. What you're looking for is not CPU, but GPU grunt for gaming. As of yet, there is very little more recent chips can do that the a5 cannot. I'd upgrade in a heartbeat from the iPod 4 to the 5th gen.
10-15-2012, 09:51 AM
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As an owner of the 4th moving to 5th gen, all I can say is that things run beautifully for now. Yes, iPhone 5 is a behemoth of a beast with the A6.

When it comes down to it, I'm happy that I can run some of the more graphically intensive games currently out and the new iPod handles them just fine. I'm sure in a year, the potential for more "A6 centric" games will be out, but for the time being, the new iPod is a great upgrade.

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10-19-2012, 05:46 AM
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The iPod touch 4G carried the same A4 chip at the same clock speed of the iPhone 4. The only difference was actually the memory, which was doubled in the iPhone.I think this iPod touch should have come out last year with the iPhone 4S, but the iPod touch 4G lasted a good two years.