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Apple iPod touch (5th Gen, No iSight, 2013) 16 GB Specs

Identifiers: 5th Gen - ME643LL/A - iPod5,1 - A1509 - 2676*

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Apple iPod touch 5th Gen (16 GB)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 is available with 16 GB of storage, a black front and a silver colored alumnium back and it lacks both the rear mounted 5 megapixel "iSight" camera and the "iPod touch loop" to connect a 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.

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.

Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the iPod touch 4th Generation (A1367) and the iPod touch 5th Generation (A1421/A1509)?
  • What are all the differences between the iPod touch 5th Generation and the iPhone 5?

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May 30, 2013 N/A
Details: 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 iPod models introduced in 2013.
1 (2 Cores) 625
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 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.
215 410
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. 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 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 EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
1.0 GHz* Apple A5*
Details: *Apple reports that this model has a "dual-core A5 chip." It likely 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.
512 MB* 16 GB
Details: *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.
3500 20,000
Details: Apple no longer provides an estimated song or photo capacity for the iPod models, however, the 16 GB configuration 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 None
Details: The iPod touch 5th Gen models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the Lightning connector.
USB, Audio Lightning, Headphone
Details: The iPod touch (5th Gen) models have a "Lightning" port that connects to a computer via USB.
Handheld iPod touch 5th Gen
Details: N/A
Silver Multi-touch
Details: 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 32 GB and 64 GB 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?
4" Color 1136x640 (326 ppi)
Details: 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.

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.

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802.11a/b/g/n* 4.0
Details: *Apple notes that this model supports both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency of 802.11n Wi-Fi.
None 1.2 Megapixels*
Details: *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.
Lithium Ion 40 Hours
Details: 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.

Site sponsor Other World Computing has replacement batteries that often are higher capacity than 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" 8 hours of video playback.
ME643LL/A 5th Gen
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this device.
A1509 (EMC 2676*) iPod5,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers can refer to more than one model, but in this case, the model number uniquely identifies the 16 GB 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 iPods with the A1509 Model Number, the 2676* EMC Number, and the iPod5,1 Model Identifier.
iOS 6 Current
Details: This model is fully supported by the most recent version of iOS 7.

Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support iOS 7? For models that "partially" support iOS 7, which features are and are not supported?
4.86 x 2.31 x 0.24 3.04 oz. (86 g)
Details: 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
Details: 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."
The 16 GB configuration of the iPod touch 5th Gen ships with "Earpods" (headphones, A1471) and a Lightning to USB cable. Unlike the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations, the 16 GB configuration lacks the "iPod touch loop" and the small "pop out" connector that is present on the rear of the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations.
US$229 US$229
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Global original prices for the iPod touch (5th Gen, No iSight, 2013) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North America

C$229 US$229

Original Prices - Europe

€249 €249
DKK 1,899 €259
€249 €239
€249 €249
€239 NOK 1.890
€249 €249
SEK 2.195 CHF 279
£199

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 1,698 HK$1,788
¥22,800 S$298
NT$8,590

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$249 NZ$349



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