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Apple iPod touch (5th Gen, 16 GB, 2014) 16 GB* Specs

Identifiers: 5th Gen - MGG82LL/A* - iPod5,1 - A1421 - 2600*

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Apple iPod touch 5th GenThis 16 GB iPod touch 5th Gen (16 GB, 2014) effectively is the same as the iPod touch 5th Gen 32 GB and 64 GB configurations, but this model only has 16 GB of storage and it ships by default without the iPod touch loop (which could be purchased for an additional US$9). However, given small differences in identifiers, as well as release year and pricing, EveryiPod.com has cross referenced this model for your convenience.

Additionally, this model is similar to the 16 GB model that it replaced, but the earlier model has completely different identifiers, no rear "iSight" camera, and no support for the iPod touch "loop" at all.

The 2014 16 GB iPod touch 5th Gen, as well as its 32 GB and 64 GB contemporaries, each have a 4" (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch IPS "retina" display with a 1136x640 native resolution (326 ppi), dual cameras -- a 5 megapixel rear "iSight" camera with LED flash that can shoot 1080p video and a front-facing 1.2 megapixel "FaceTime HD" 720p 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.

Internally, this model is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core A5 processor and it has 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of flash storage. Battery life is an Apple-estimated 40 hours of music playback and 8 hours of video playback.

This iPod touch (5th Gen, 16 GB, 2014) model uses an aluminum "unibody" case. Color options are "space gray" (which has a gray back and a black glass front) as well as silver, pink, yellow, blue, and red (which each have a white glass front).

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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June 26, 2014* July 15, 2015
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.

*Apple introduced this 16 GB configuration on on June 26, 2014 and cut the prices for the still available 32 GB and 64 GB configurations.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2014.
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. 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.
1.0 GHz* Apple A5*
Details: *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.
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 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 None
Details: The iPod touch 5th Gen models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the Lightning connector. It does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer.
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
Colors Multi-touch
Details: Aluminum "unibody" cases with a glass front offered in six different color choices. The gunmetal "space gray" color has a black front whereas all other color options -- silver, pink, yellow, blue, and red -- have white fronts.

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: All 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.
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 5 Megapixels*
Details: *These iPod touch 5th Gen models have dual cameras. The rear 5 megapixel "iSight" camera supports HD video recording (1080p up to 30 FPS with audio), and also has autofocus, backside illumination, a hybrid HR filter, a five-element lens, and an LED flash as well as Panorama and HDR support. The front "FaceTime HD" camera takes 1.2 megapixel photos and HD video (720p up to 30 FPS).
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.

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N/A 8 Hours
Details: Apple does not provide estimated battery life for photo playback or web browsing, but does estimate "up to" 8 hours of video playback.
MGG82LL/A* 5th Gen
Details: *MGG82LL/A refers to this 16 GB iPod touch 5th Gen model in space gray. The MGG52LL/A, MGFY2LL/A, MGG12LL/A, MGG32LL/A, and MGG72LL/A order numbers refer to the 16 GB iPod touch 5th Gen models released in 2014 in silver, pink, yellow, blue, and (PRODUCT) RED, respectively.
A1421 (EMC 2600*) iPod5,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers can refer to more than one model. Specifically, in this case, the model number collectively identifies the dual camera equipped configurations of the iPod touch 5th Gen regardless of capacity (this model as well as the previously introduced 32 GB and 64 GB configurations).

*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 A1421 Model Number, the 2600* EMC Number, and the iPod5,1 Model Identifier.
iOS 7.1.2 iOS 9.x
Details: This model is fully supported by the most recent version of iOS 9 with the exception of "Transit" functionality. It does not support iOS 10 or subsequent versions of the iOS at all.

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 3.10 oz. (88 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 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."
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."
Apple 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 iPod touch 5th Gen models all shipped with "Earpods" (headphones, A1471) and a Lightning to USB cable. Unlike its 32 GB and 64 GB contemporaries, this 16 GB configuration did not ship with an "iPod touch loop" that connects to its small "pop out" connector on the rear of the device, but the loop could be purchased separately for an extra US$9.

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US$199* US$100-US$150
Details: *On June 26, 2014, Apple introduced this 16 GB configuration for US$199 (with the wrist strap an optional purchase for an additional US$9), and lowered the price of the still available 32 GB and 64 GB configurations to US$249 and US$299, respectively (wrist strap included).

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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Global original prices for the iPod touch (5th Gen, 16 GB, 2014) in 34 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 & South America

C$219 R$999
MXN $3199 US$199*

Original Prices - Europe

€209 €199
DKK 1,549 €219
€209 €199
€209 €209
€189,13 €199
NOK 1.690 €209
€199 SEK 1.895
CHF 229 £159

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 1,498 HK$1,588
Rs 16,900 Rp 2,699,000
¥20,800 KRW 259,000
RM 729 PHP 11,690
S$278 NT$6,790
THB 6,900 VND 6,499,000

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$249 NZ$279


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