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The iPod touch 3rd Generation (Late 2009) models -- please note that this model does not have 3G networking support -- were marketed with an increased emphasis on gaming rather than the "iPhone without a phone" pitch provided by previous iPod touch models. Nevertheless, they 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.
Although they were initially sold effectively as a single lineup with 8 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB of storage, the 8 GB model is different in some respects. Most notably, the 32 GB and 64 GB models are the same externally as the iPod touch 2nd Generation but have innards more in common with the iPhone 3GS with advertised "50% faster performance" and OpenGL ES 2.0 support for better graphics performance (courtesy of the same 800 MHz Samsung ARM processor that powers the iPhone 3GS). In addition, the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations fully support iOS 4 and iOS 5, whereas the 8 GB configuration does not.
Like the iPod touch 2nd Generation, the iPod touch 3rd Generation models feature 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).
In addition to superior performance when compared to their predecessors, the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations also added Voice Control capability for voice navigation and a "VoiceOver" screen reader for the visually impared and shipped with the same "Earphones with Remote and Mic" as the iPhone 3GS.
Battery life is an Apple-estimated 30 hours for music playback and 6 hours for video.
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|Introduction Date:||September 9, 2009||Discontinued Date:||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 iPhone models introduced in 2009.
|Processors:||1||Geekbench 2 (32):||278|
|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 iPod3,1 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 iPod3,1 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:||800 MHz||Processor Type:||Samsung ARM*|
|Details:||*Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod touch 3rd Gen models, but third-party "teardowns" indicate that the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations use an Apple branded Samsung ARM processor running at 800 MHz (the same processor used by the iPhone 3GS, but not downclocked to preserve battery life).
For more information, please refer to the disassembly "guide" from iFixIt.
|Onboard RAM:||256 MB*||Storage Capacity:||32 GB, 64 GB|
|Details:||*Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in the iPod touch 3rd Gen, but software analysis has determined that the 32 GB and 64 GB models have the same 256 MB as the iPhone 3GS.|
|Song Capacity:||7000, 14,000||Photo Capacity:||40,000, 90,000|
|Details:||Apple reports that the 32 GB iPod touch 3rd Gen model can hold "up to" 7000 songs and the 64 GB model "up to" 14,000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format". Likewise, the 32 GB model can hold as many as 40,000 photos and the 64 GB model can hold as many as 90,000 photos.
Additionally, Apple reports that the 32 GB model can hold "up to" 40 hours of video and the 64 GB model "up to" 80 hours of video.
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||None|
|Details:||The iPod touch 3rd Gen models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the dock connector, but cannot sync or charge via Firewire "400".|
|Connectivity:||USB, Audio*||Ports:||Dock, Headphone*|
|Details:||*Note that the iPod touch 3rd Gen models do 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.|
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod touch 3rd 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 3rd Gen models have 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 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 3rd Gen models are advertised as having 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support. However, third-party teardowns have discovered that the Broadcom BCM4329 chip that provides 802.11b/g is capable of 802.11n as well. It is not supported in software, however.|
|Details:||The iPod touch 3rd Gen does not have mobile phone capabilities or an integrated camera.|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||30 Hours|
|Details:||The iPod touch 3rd Gen models officially provide 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.
|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:||MC008LL/A*||Apple Subfamily:||3rd Gen (Late 2009)|
|Details:||*MC008LL/A refers to the 32 GB configuration of the iPod touch 3rd Gen. The 64 GB configuration is assigned MC011LL/A.|
|Apple Model No:||A1318 (EMC 2310)||Model ID:||iPod3,1|
|Details:||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All iPod touch models with the A1318 Model Number, the 2310 EMC Number, and the iPod3,1 Model Identifier.
|Pre-Installed OS:||iPhone OS 3.1.1 (7C145)||Maximum OS:||iOS 5.1.1|
|Details:||The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations of the iPod touch 3rd Generation are fully supported by the last version of iOS 5. They are not supported running iOS 6 or subsequent versions of the operating system. The 8 GB configuration is not even supported by iOS 5.|
|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 10.4.11||Windows Support:||Windows XP SP3/Vista|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod touch 3rd Gen models are 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."
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPod touch 3rd Gen 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."|
|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 3rd 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:||All iPod touch 3rd Gen models ship with a USB 2.0 cable and a dock adapter. The 32 GB and 64 GB models ship with a pair of "Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic" as well. The polishing cloth provided by the iPod touch 2nd Gen is no longer included.|
|Original Price:||US$299, $399||Est. Current Retail:||US$75-US$150|
|Details:||The 16 GB iPod touch 3rd Gen originally was offered 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).
Photo Credit: Apple Computer.
Global original prices for the iPod touch (3rd Gen/32 & 64 GB) 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$329, C$429||United States:||US$299, $399|
Original Prices - Europe
|Austria:||€289, €379||Belgium:||€279, €369|
|Denmark:||DKK 2,099, 2,799||Finland:||€299, €399|
|France:||€289, €379||Germany:||€279, €369|
|Ireland:||€279, €369||Italy:||€279, €369|
|Netherlands:||€279, €369||Norway:||NOK 2.490, 3.290|
|Portugal:||€279, €369||Spain:||€269, €359|
|Sweden:||SEK 3.095, 4.195||Switzerland:||CHF 399, 549|
|United Kingdom:||£229, £299|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 2,398, RMB 3,198||Hong Kong:||HK$2,288, HK$3,088|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
|Australia:||A$399, A$549||New Zealand:||NZ$519, NZ$699|
Ten of the most popular Q&As about the iPod line follow.