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The Apple iPod touch 2nd Generation effectively is to the iPhone 3G what the original iPod touch was to the original iPhone -- offering much of the same iPod and handheld computing functionality but lacking the "phone", mobile phone networking (3G/EDGE), A-GPS, and integrated camera.
The iPod touch 2nd Generation features a "thin contoured metal design" reminiscent of the iPhone 3G shape that is slightly thicker (0.02 inch) but lighter than the original iPod touch with a silver front trim rather than gray. Like the original model, the iPod touch 2nd Generation features a "multi-touch" sensitive 3.5" display with 320x480 resolution -- albeit a higher-quality one than that provided by the original -- an accelerometer that allows the device to "know" whether it is being held in portrait or landscape mode and switch automatically, an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness, built-in support for Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), and 8, 16, or 32 GB of flash memory.
Compared to the original iPod touch, the second generation model has welcomed external volume controls on the left side of the device, an integrated speaker (external microphone supported via the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic), built-in support for the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, a "Genius" feature to dynamically create playlists based on "songs that go great together", and shaking the device gently "shuffles" songs.
Battery life is improved as well, as the 2nd Generation model provides 36 hours of music playback and 6 hours of video, compared to 22 hours of music playback and 5 hours of video playback for its predecessor.
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|Introduction Date:||September 9, 2008||Discontinued Date:||September 9, 2009|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2008.
|Processors:||1||Geekbench 2 (32):||186|
|Details:||Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPod2,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, please see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (SC):||N/A||Geekbench 3 (MC):||N/A|
|Details:||The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support this iPod touch. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPod2,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Processor Speed:||533 MHz||Processor Type:||Samsung ARM*|
|Details:||*Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod touch 2nd Gen models, but third-party "teardowns" indicate that it uses an Apple branded Samsung ARM processor running at 533 MHz. For more information, please refer to the disassembly "guide" from the always excellent iFixIt.|
|Onboard RAM:||128 MB*||Storage Capacity:||8, 16, 32 GB|
|Details:||*Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in the iPod touch, but software analysis has confirmed it has 128 MB of RAM.|
|Song Capacity:||1750, 3500, 7000||Photo Capacity:||10,000, 20,000, 25,000|
|Details:||Apple reports that the 8 GB model can hold "up to" 1750 songs, the 16 GB model "up to" 3500 songs, and the 32 GB model "up to" 7000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format". Likewise, the 8 GB model can hold as many as 10,000 photos, the 16 GB model can hold as many as 20,000 photos, and the 32 GB model can hold as many as 25,000 photos.
Additionally, Apple reports that the 8 GB model can hold "up to" 10 hours of video, the 16 GB model "up to" 20 hours of video, and the 32 GB model "up to" 40 hours of video.
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||None|
|Details:||The iPod touch 2nd Gen does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party software is available. It also does not support Firewire.|
|Connectivity:||USB, Audio*||Ports:||Dock, Headphone*|
|Details:||*Unfortunately, just like the original iPod touch, the iPod touch 2nd Gen models do not support video out via the headphone jack, they only provide video out via the dock connector. Annoyingly, video out is only available while using an Apple cable, Apple dock, or another accessory with an "Apple Authentication" chip.|
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod touch 2nd Gen|
|Details:||The patented "multi-touch" interface allows one to control the functions of the system by dragging one or more fingers across the display.
Also see: How does the "multi-touch" interface introduced with the iPhone work? Who developed the "multi-touch" interface originally?
|Built-in Display:||3.5" Color||Display Resolution:||320x480 (163 ppi)|
|Details:||The iPod touch 2nd Gen has a 3.5" 320 by 480 at 163 ppi resolution display, the same size as its predecessor, but higher quality.
In the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of hardware problems and 24-hour repairs for cracked displays as well as dead batteries, broken buttons, and more for this iPod touch.
For those interested in do-it-yourself repair, Mission Repair sells quality upgrade kits and parts for this iPod touch worldwide.
|Standard Wireless:||802.11b/g||Standard Bluetooth:||2.1+EDR*|
|Details:||The iPod touch 2nd Gen models have built-in wi-fi (802.11b/g) capabilities. *It also has a built-in Broadcom BCM4325 "Bluetooth" chip that originally provided just Nike + iPod Sport Kit support. However, with the release of iPhone OS 3 (later called iOS), Apple expanded the Bluetooth capabilities of the device.|
|Details:||The iPod touch 2nd Gen does not have mobile phone capabilities or an integrated camera.|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||36 Hours|
|Details:||The iPod touch 2nd Gen provides an Apple-estimated 36 hours of battery life for music playback and 6 hours for video playback.
Site sponsor Other World Computing has replacement batteries that are higher capacity than the stock models as well as cases, headphones, speakers, and other accessories.
|Battery Life (Photos):||N/A||Battery Life (Video):||6 Hours|
|Details:||Apple does not provide estimated battery life for photo playback or web browsing, but does estimate "up to" 6 hours of video playback.|
|Apple Order No:||MB528LL/A*||Apple Subfamily:||iPod touch 2nd Gen|
|Details:||*MB528LL/A is the order number assigned to the 8 GB configuration, MB531LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration, and MB533LL/A refers to the 32 GB configuration.|
|Apple Model No:||A1288 (EMC 2341)||Model ID:||iPod2,1|
|Details:||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All iPod touch models with the A1288 Model Number, the 2341 EMC Number, and the iPod2,1 Model Identifier.
|Pre-Installed OS:||iPhone OS 2.1 (5F138)*||Maximum OS:||iOS 4.2**|
|Details:||*Apple originally provided no official information about the operating system that the iPod touch uses, but it was identified as a version of "OS X" distinct from Mac OS X and specifically ran build 5F138 of "OS X 2.1." On March 17, 2009, upon unveiling a developer's preview of the third version of the operating system, Apple started referring to it as the "iPhone OS" and on June 7, 2010, Apple changed the name again to simply "iOS".
**This model is capable of running iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 but some features, such as multitasking, are not supported. It is not capable of running iOS 4.3 or higher versions of the operating system.
|Dimensions:||4.3 x 2.4 x 0.33||Avg. Weight:||4.05 oz. (115 g)|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth (110 x 61.8 x 8.5 mm).|
|Mac Support:||Mac OS X 10.4.10||Windows Support:||Windows XP SP3/Vista|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod touch 2nd Gen is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X 10.4.10 or later, and iTunes 8 or later."
It is compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later, and iTunes 8 or later."
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPod touch 2nd Gen supports "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."|
|Photo Support:||Apport reports that the iPod touch models sync iPod-viewable photos in "JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats".|
|Video Support:||Apple reports that the iPod touch 2nd Gen supports "H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats."|
|Incl. Accessories:||Shipped with "earphones, [a] USB cable, dock adapter, and polishing cloth." The stand provided by the original iPod touch is no longer included.|
|Original Price:||US$229, $299, $399||Est. Current Retail:||US$50-US$125|
|Details:||The 8 GB iPod touch 2nd Gen was offered for US$229, the 16 GB for US$299, and the 32 GB for US$399.
Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Global original prices for the iPod touch (2nd Gen) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.
For global original prices for all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models in one particular country on a single page, please refer to Everyi.com's Global Original Prices section.
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Original Prices - North America
|Canada:||C$259, C$329, C$429||United States:||US$229, $299, $399|
Original Prices - Europe
|Austria:||€229, €289, €389||Belgium:||€219, €279, €379|
|Denmark:||DKK 1,699, 2,199, 2,899||Finland:||€229, €299, €399|
|France:||€229, €289, €389||Germany:||€219, €279, €379|
|Ireland:||€219, €279, €369||Italy:||€219, €279, €379|
|Netherlands:||€219, €279, €379||Norway:||NOK 1.790, 2.290, 2.990|
|Portugal:||N/A||Spain:||€219, €279, €369|
|Sweden:||SEK 2.195, 2.795, 3.695||Switzerland:||CHF 339, 439, 579|
|United Kingdom:||£169, £219, £289|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 1,998, 2,598, 3,498||Hong Kong:||HK$1,850, HK$2,400, HK$3,100|
|Japan:||¥27,800, ¥35,800, ¥47,800||Singapore:||S$388, S$498, S$648|
|Taiwan:||NT$8,300, NT$10,900, NT$13,900|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
|Australia:||A$329, A$419, A$549||New Zealand:||NZ$389, NZ$498, NZ$659|
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