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The 2012 version of the iPod touch (4th Gen) is identical to the 2011 version of the iPod touch (4th Gen), except that it is offered in different capacities, at lower pricing per gigabyte, and with more limited operating system support for "tethering."
Like its predecessor "4th Gen" models, the iPod touch (4th Gen, 2012) resembles a "phone-less" version of the iPhone 4.
The iPod touch (4th Gen, 2012) also lacks the 3G/EDGE mobile phone networking capability, A-GPS (it does support mapping by triangulating position via Wi-Fi hotspots, though), and the digital compass, and has a lower quality roughly 0.70 megapixel rear camera without a flash, too.
Otherwise, however, the iPod touch (4th Gen, 2012) is largely similar to the iPhone 4, and includes a 3.5" 960x640 (326 ppi) "Retina display," (albeit a lower quality non-IPS one), FaceTime video calling functionality -- via Apple ID or e-mail address rather than exclusively phone numbers -- using the integrated microphone and front-facing VGA camera, iMovie editing support and 3-axis gyroscope, as well as 720p recording capability (again, using a lower-quality camera).
Like the iPhone 4, the iPod touch (4th Gen, 2012) also is powered by an Apple A4 processor but it only has 256 MB of RAM (rather than 512 MB), and 16 GB or 32 GB of storage (rather than 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB like the iPhone 4). Battery life is an Apple-estimated 40 hours of playback for music and 7 hours of playback for video.
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|Introduction Date:||September 12, 2012||Discontinued Date:||May 30, 2013|
|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 2012.
|Processors:||1||Geekbench 2 (32):||374|
|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 iPod4,1 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):||209||Geekbench 3 (MC):||209|
|Details:||These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. 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 iPod4,1 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:||1.0 GHz*||Processor Type:||Apple A4|
|Details:||Apple provides no official information on the processor in this model, but it has the same custom ARM-based "system on a chip" as its predecessor. Apple refers to this processor as an "Apple A4" (S5L8930) and it integrates the CPU, graphics, the memory controller, and I/O functions.
*Obviously, Apple has not released the clockspeed of this processor either. However, it is of variable speed with a maximum clockspeed of 1 GHz. It commonly runs around 750 MHz to 800 MHz.
|Onboard RAM:||256 MB*||Storage Capacity:||16 GB, 32 GB|
|Details:||*Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in the iPod touch models. However, software analysis has determined that this particular iPod touch has 256 MB of RAM like its predecessor.|
|Song Capacity:||3500, 7000||Photo Capacity:||20,000, 40,000|
|Details:||Apple no longer provides an estimated song or photo capacity for the iPod models, however, the 16 GB and 32 GB configurations can hold up to 3500 and 7000 songs, respectively, using Apple's former criteria "based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding."|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||None|
|Details:||The iPod touch 4th Gen models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the dock connector, but it cannot sync or charge via Firewire "400".
The iPod touch 4th Gen also does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party software -- like that from site sponsor TouchCopy -- is available.
|Connectivity:||USB, Audio*||Ports:||Dock, Headphone*|
|Details:||*Note that this model does not support video out via the headphone jack, it only provides video out via the dock connector.|
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod touch 4th Gen|
|Housing Color:||Black, White||Controller:||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?
|Built-in Display:||3.5" Color||Display Resolution:||960x640 (326 ppi)|
|Details:||The iPod touch (4th Gen) models have a 3.5" (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch "retina" display with a 960x640 native resolution at 326 pixels per inch (unlike the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, it is non-IPS).|
|Standard Wireless:||802.11b/g/n*||Standard Bluetooth:||2.1+EDR|
|Details:||*Apple notes that this model only supports the 2.4 GHz frequency of 802.11n Wi-Fi.|
|Cell Network:||None||Camera:||0.7 Megapixels*|
|Details:||*The iPod touch 4th Gen models have dual cameras. The rear camera supports HD video recording (720p up to 30 FPS with audio), and can take 960x720 still photos (roughly 0.7 megapixels). It does not have a flash or autofocus support. The front mounted camera, designed to be used for video conferencing in conjunction with Apple's provided "FaceTime" software over a Wi-Fi network, takes VGA quality photos and video up to 30 FPS.|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||40 Hours|
|Details:||The iPod touch 4th Gen models officially provide an Apple-estimated 40 hours of battery life for music playback and 7 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):||7 Hours|
|Details:||Apple does not provide estimated battery life for photo playback or web browsing, but does estimate "up to" 7 hours of video playback.|
|Apple Order No:||ME178LL/A*||Apple Subfamily:||4th Gen|
|Details:||*ME178LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is MC544LL/A, the same as the 32 GB configuration of earlier iPod touch (4th Gen) models. The 16 GB and 32 GB configurations in white are ME179LL/A and MD058LL/A, respectively. Again, the white 32 GB configuration shares its order number with the 32 GB white configuration of the 2011 iPod touch (4th Gen).|
|Apple Model No:||A1367 (EMC 2407)||Model ID:||iPod4,1|
|Details:||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All iPod touch models with the A1367 Model Number, the 2407 EMC Number, and the iPod4,1 Model Identifier.
|Pre-Installed OS:||iOS 5.1||Maximum OS:||iOS 6.1.6*|
|Details:||*This model is partially supported by iOS 6. Most notably, it does not support Maps, Siri, Panorama, and FaceTime over cellular. It is not compatible with iOS 7 or later versions of the iOS at all.
Also see: Which iPod touch models fully support iOS 6? For models that "partially" support iOS 6, which features are and are not supported?
|Dimensions:||4.4 x 2.32 x 0.28||Avg. Weight:||3.56 oz. (101 g)|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth (111.0 mm x 58.9 mm x 7.2 mm).|
|Mac Support:||Mac OS X 10.6.8||Windows Support:||Windows XP SP3/Vista|
|Details:||Apple reports that these iPod touch models are compatible with a Mac running "OS X 10.6.8 or later, and iTunes 10.7 or later."
It is compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later, and iTunes 10.7 or later."
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPod touch 4th Gen models support "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 4th Gen supports "H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 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 per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats, [and] Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format."|
|Incl. Accessories:||All iPod touch 4th Gen models ship, or shipped, with earphones and a dock connector to USB cable.|
|Original Price:||US$199, US$249||Est. Current Retail:||US$125-US$150|
|Details:||The 16 GB configurations were US$199 and the 32 GB configurations were US$249.
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 (4th Gen, 2012) 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$199, C$249||United States:||US$199, US$249|
Original Prices - Europe
|Austria:||€219, €269||Belgium:||€219, €269|
|Denmark:||DKK 1,599, 1,999||Finland:||€229, €279|
|France:||€219, €269||Germany:||€209, €259|
|Ireland:||€219, €269||Italy:||€219, €269|
|Netherlands:||€209, €259||Norway:||NOK 1.590, 1.990|
|Portugal:||€219, €269||Spain:||€209, €269|
|Sweden:||SEK 1.895, 2.395||Switzerland:||CHF 239, 299|
|United Kingdom:||€169, €199|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 1,498, 1,898||Hong Kong:||HK$1,488, HK$1,888|
|Japan:||€16,800, €20,900||Singapore:||S$268, S$348|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
|Australia:||A$219, A$279||New Zealand:||NZ$299, NZ$369|
Ten of the most popular Q&As about the iPod line follow.