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Apple iPod touch (2nd Gen/2009/8 GB) 8 GB Specs

Identifiers: 2nd Gen (Late 2009) - MC086LL/A* - iPod2,1 - A1288 - 2341

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Apple iPod touch 3rd GenAlthough the iPod touch (2nd Gen/Late 2009/MC/8 GB) was released alongside the iPod touch 3rd Gen and is distinctly different from the 8 GB configuration of the iPod touch 2nd Gen, with more advanced connectivity (even if not entirely supported in software), its own "MC" order numbers and unique serial numbers, and even its own Bootrom, it is easiest to retroactively consider it a "2nd Gen" model as it cannot run versions of the iOS beyond iOS 4.2.

Originally, Apple heralded this model as a "new iPod touch" released with the "Late 2009" series, with more quiet technical differentiation categorized simply by capacity rather than generation per se. It was quite common to see it advertised by third-parties as a "3rd Gen" model at the time and retroactively called a "3rd Gen" model, too.

Regardless of its name, the 8 GB configuration of the iPod touch (Late 2009) was marketed with an increased emphasis on gaming rather than the "iPhone without a phone" pitch provided by previous iPod touch models. The "Late 2009" iPod touch models offer much of the same functionality of the iPhone 3GS, minus the "phone", mobile phone networking (3G/EDGE), A-GPS, digital compass, and integrated camera.

Like the iPod touch 2nd Generation, the 8 GB configuration of the "Late 2009" iPod touch features the same "multi-touch" sensitive 3.5" display with 320x480 resolution, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and support for 802.11b/g (hardware-capable of 802.11n as well).

Features were largely unchanged, also. This iPod touch shipped with standard earphones by default. It also supports a "Genius Mixes" feature that makes an effort to make mixes of songs that "go great together".

Battery life is an Apple-estimated 30 hours for music playback and 6 hours for video.

Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the iPod touch 2nd Gen (A1288) and the iPod touch 3rd Gen (A1318/Late 2009)?
  • What are all the differences between the iPod touch 2nd Gen and the iPhone 3GS?

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September 9, 2009 September 1, 2010
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 iPod models introduced in 2009.
1 186
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.
N/A N/A
Details: The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support this iPod touch. Geekbench benchmarks 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 EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
533 MHz Samsung ARM*
Details: *Apple provides no information on the processor used in this iPod touch, but third-party "teardowns" indicate this model uses the same 533 MHz Samsung ARM as the iPod touch 2nd Gen models (it essentially is a second generation model).
128 MB* 8 GB
Details: *Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in this iPod touch model, but it has been determined to have 128 MB of RAM, just like the iPod touch 2nd Gen.
1750 10,000
Details: Apple reports that this 8 GB iPod touch model can hold "up to" 1750 songs. Likewise, it can hold as many as 10,000 photos. Additionally, Apple reports that it can hold "up to" 10 hours of video.
Sync & Charge None
Details: This iPod touch is capable of charging and syncing by USB via the dock connector, but it cannot sync or charge via Firewire "400".
USB, Audio* Dock, Headphone*
Details: *Note that this 8 GB iPod touch does not support video out via the headphone jack, they only provide video out via the dock connector. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations shipped with the same "Earphones with Remote and Mic" as the iPhone 3GS, whereas this 8 GB model ships with a standard set of earphones.
Handheld iPod touch 2nd Gen
Details: N/A
Black Multi-touch
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?
3.5" Color 320x480 (163 ppi)
Details: This iPod touch has a 3.5" 320 by 480 at 163 ppi resolution display, identical to that provided by the iPod touch 2nd Gen models.

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.

For those interested in do-it-yourself repair, Mission Repair sells quality upgrade kits and parts for this iPod touch worldwide.
802.11b/g* 2.1+EDR
Details: *This iPod touch was advertised as having 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support. However, third-party teardowns discovered that the Broadcom BCM4329 chip that provides 802.11b/g is capable of 802.11n as well. 802.11n is not supported in software, however.
None None
Details: This iPod touch does not have mobile phone capabilities or an integrated camera.
Lithium Ion 30 Hours
Details: This iPod touch officially provides an Apple-estimated 30 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.
N/A N/A
Details: Apple does not provide estimated battery life for photo playback or web browsing, but does estimate "up to" 6 hours of video playback.
MC086LL/A* 2nd Gen (Late 2009)
Details: *MC086LL/A refers to the 8 GB configuration of the iPod touch model released with the "Late 2009" or "3rd Gen" line.
A1288 (EMC 2341) iPod2,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All iPods with the A1288 Model Number, the 2341 EMC Number, and the iPod2,1 Model Identifier.
iPhone OS 3.1.1 (7C145) iOS 4.2*
Details: *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.
4.3 x 2.4 x 0.33 4.05 oz. (115 g)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (110 x 61.8 x 8.5 mm).
Mac OS X 10.4.11 Windows XP SP3/Vista
Details: Apple reports that this iPod touch is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X 10.4.11 or later, and iTunes 9 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 9 or later."
Apple reports that this iPod touch supports "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."
Apport reports that the iPod touch models sync iPod-viewable photos in "JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats".
Apple reports that this iPod touch 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."
All iPod touch models released with the "Late 2009" revision shipped with a USB 2.0 cable and a dock adapter. The 8 GB model has a standard set of earbuds. The polishing cloth provided by the iPod touch 2nd Gen also was no longer included.
US$199 US$50-US$75
Details: This 8 GB iPod touch was offered for US$199.

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Global original prices for the iPod touch (2nd Gen/2009/8 GB) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North America

C$219 US$199

Original Prices - Europe

€189 €189
DKK 1,399 €199
€199 €189
€189 €189
€179 NOK 1.690
€189 €179
SEK 1.995 CHF 259
£149

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 1,598 HK$1,568
¥19,800 N/A
NT$8,290

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$268 NZ$349



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