Apple iPod touch (5th Gen, No iSight, 2013) 16 GB Specs
Identifiers: 5th Gen - ME643LL/A - iPod5,1 - A1509 - 2676*
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Quietly unveiled without a press release, the iPod touch (5th Gen, No iSight Camera, 2013) is quite similar to the previously released iPod touch (5th Gen), but it only packs 16 GB of storage, has a black front and a silver colored aluminum back and it lacks both the rear mounted 5 megapixel "iSight" camera and ability to connect the "iPod touch loop" (wrist strap). Otherwise, apart from minor cosmetic differences and identifiers, this entry-level model effectively is the same as the earlier, higher-end iPod touch (5th Gen) models. Likewise, apart from different identifiers, no rear "iSight" camera, and no support for the iPod touch "loop," this model is essentially the same as the subsequently introduced 16 GB iPod touch 5th Gen introduced in 2014.
All iPod touch (5th Gen) models have a 4" (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch IPS "retina" display with a 1136x640 native resolution (326 ppi), a front-facing 1.2 megapixel "FaceTime HD" 720p camera (again, note that this model lacks a rear camera) -- and support for Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi (both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies), Siri, and AirPlay in addition to the expected music, photo, video playback,and iOS app functionality.
All iPod touch (5th Gen) models are powered by a 1 GHz dual-core A5 processor and have 512 MB of RAM. Battery life on all configurations is an Apple-estimated 40 hours of music playback and 8 hours of video playback.
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||May 30, 2013
||June 26, 2014
||The "Introduction Date" typically refers to the date a model was introduced via press release although no press release was issued for this model. 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 2013.
||1 (2 Cores)
||Geekbench 2 (32):
||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 iPod5,1 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):
||Geekbench 3 (MC):
||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 iPod5,1 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.
||*Apple reports that this model has a "dual-core A5 chip." It uses the same 32 nm 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 (S5L8942, APL2498) "system on a chip" as the iPad2,4 model. Geekbench software analysis reports that it runs at 800 MHz, likely downclocked from its maximum clockspeed of 1 GHz.
||*Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in the iPod touch models, but software analysis and physical inspection has determined this model has 512 MB of RAM onboard.
||Apple no longer provides an estimated song or photo capacity for the iPod models, however, the 16 GB configurations of the iPod touch (5th Gen) can hold up to 3500 songs using Apple's former criteria "based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding."
||Sync & Charge
||The iPod touch 5th Gen models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the Lightning connector.
The iPod touch 5th Gen does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party software -- like that from site sponsor TouchCopy -- is available.
||The iPod touch (5th Gen) models have a "Lightning" port that connects to a computer via USB.
||iPod touch 5th Gen
||Aluminum "unibody" case with a black-trimmed glass front and a matte silver-colored aluminum back. It also is worth noting that the 16 GB configuration of the iPod touch (5th Gen) lacks the iPod touch "loop" connector that is present on the other iPod touch 5th Gen configurations.
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?
||1136x640 (326 ppi)
||The iPod touch (5th Gen) models have a 4" (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch IPS display with a 1136x640 native resolution at 326 ppi. Apple also reports a 800:1 typical contrast ratio and a 500 cd/m2 typical brightness.
||*Apple notes that this model supports both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency of 802.11n Wi-Fi.
||*The 16 GB configuration of the iPod touch 5th Gen model only has a single front-facing "FaceTime HD" camera that shoots 1.2 megapixel photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 FPS. It lacks the rear 5 megapixel "iSight" camera that is present on the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations of the iPod touch 5th Gen models.
||Battery Life (Music):
||The iPod touch 5th Gen models officially provide an Apple-estimated 40 hours of battery life for music playback and 8 hours for video playback.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells replacement batteries for this iPod.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells replacement batteries -- as well as glass covers, displays, and other parts and repair tools -- for this iPod.
|Battery Life (Photos):
||Battery Life (Video):
||Apple does not provide estimated battery life for photo playback or web browsing, but does estimate "up to" 8 hours of video playback.
|Apple Order No:
||The Apple order number should be unique to this device.
|Apple Model No:
||A1509 (EMC 2676*)
||Please note that these identifiers can refer to more than one model, but in this case, the model number uniquely identifies the 16 GB/No iSight Camera configuration of the iPod touch 5th Gen.
*Please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the device so it cannot be used readily for identification.
Also see: All iPod touch models with the A1509 Model Number, the 2676* EMC Number, and the iPod5,1 Model Identifier.
||This model is fully supported by the most recent version of iOS 9 with the exception of "Transit" functionality.
Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support iOS 9? For models that "partially" support iOS 9, which features are and are not supported?
||4.86 x 2.31 x 0.24
||3.04 oz. (86 g)
||In inches - height by width by depth (123.4 mm x 58.6 mm x 6.1 mm).
||Mac OS X 10.6.8
||Windows XP SP3/Vista
||Apple reports that this iPod touch model is 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."
||Apple reports that the iPod touch 5th 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."
||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 the iPod touch 5th 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."
||This 16 GB configuration of the iPod touch 5th Gen (A1509) shipped with "Earpods" (headphones, A1471) and a Lightning to USB cable. Unlike the other iPod touch 5th Gen configurations, this 16 GB model lacks the "iPod touch loop" and the small "pop out" connector that is present on the rear of the other configurations (A1421).
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||Est. Current Retail:
||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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