5th Gen iPod touch Benchmarks Reveal Slower A5 Processor

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Now that the fifth generation iPod touch is reaching the hands of customers, some users have begun to post benchmarks. These benchmarks reveal that, while the iPod touch may share many physical characteristics with its iPhone 5 cousin, it falls far behind the iPhone in terms of performance.

Japanese tech site Macotakara used the System Status app to take a look at the internal hardware of the new touch. While these hardware evaluations may be flawed due to new or unrecognized components, the results currently reveal that the new touch is powered by a dual-core A5 processor, the same found in the iPhone 4S, clocked at 800 MHz.

iPod touch System Status

The display resolution matches that of the iPhone 5, at 1136-by–640, for a pixel density of 326 ppi, but the rear camera, at 5-megapixels, falls shy of the iPhone 5’s excellent 8-megapixel effort.

The battery in the iPod touch, at 930 mAh, is also a bit smaller than that in the iPhone 5, at 1,434 mAh. However, the touch does not include cellular radios, a major factor in a device’s power consumption requirements, and so should receive battery life on par with the iPhone 5, despite its smaller battery.

Armed with a better understanding of the internal components of the new iPod touch, Macotakara also ran several popular mobile benchmarks, comparing the device’s performance to other recent Apple products.

The Geekbench test clearly shows that the fifth generation iPod touch is on par, in terms of CPU performance, with the iPhone 4S, further supporting the theory that the devices share the same A5 processor. Compared to its direct predecessor, however, the fifth generation iPod touch’s score of 625 represents a nearly 70 percent increase over the fourth generation’s score of 370.

iPod touch Geekbench

It should be noted again, however, that these benchmarks should not be considered authoritative until the new hardware in the iPod touch is fully understood and the benchmark authors are able to ensure full compatibility with their testing routines.

The GLBenchmark, which tests GPU performance, shows significant improvements for the fifth generation iPod touch over its predecessor, although it still falls far short of the superior graphics found in the iPhone 5 and third generation iPad.

iPod touch GLBenchmark

Although some customers have seen their orders ship, iPod touch availability for new customers remains unknown. Some Asian Apple Stores reportedly have the device in stock, but Apple’s online store still reports an “October” ship date.

[via MacRumors]

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Thanks. I have a 4th Gen iPT and it works fine, though it IS feeling a bit doggy of late. Mostly it runs fine but seems to drag on some things, It might even be performing the same but everything else has gotten faster in comparison. I’m thinking next year either updating it with another iPT 5th Gen or an iPad7 (I like John M.s name). We’ll see what the specs are on that.


This article is seriously lame. Apple announced in the event itself that the new ipod touch will run on A5 chip not the A6 that’s in the iphone 5.


Apple announced this themselves, and benchmarks aren’t the best indicator of performance. Using it yourself is, the processor in the iPod touch is just as fast as the one in the iPhone 4S, again as Apple stated. Duh. Do research before writing about any kind of technology.

Jim Tanous

Dude, Ja:

The point is that we know what *speed* the A5 is clocked at: “the new touch is powered by a dual-core A5 processor, the same found in the iPhone 4S, clocked at 800 MHz.” I suppose I should have phrased it “the same found in the iPhone 4S, BUT clocked at 800 MHz.”

There was much discussion that the A5 in the iPod touch would come clocked at 1 GHz, as the CPU was in the 3rd Gen iPad, or even higher with a new custom configuration.

The issue is that it is disappointing that Apple is using the slower form of the processor for its latest device which is advertised as being able to provide as good of a gaming experience as the iPhone 5.




ofcourse apple is using the technology of the iphone 4s for the new ipod touch…you can’t expect the touch to be like the iphone 5 and still have the same pricing…


and brother…the date of release is not unknown…got a shipment notification that it will be delivered on october 15th…you really need to research stuff before you start writing

Jim Tanous

Hi dudesmith,

When did you order? Was it before today? If so, please note what the article says: “iPod touch availability for *new* customers remains unknown.” Again, emphasis on “new.” We know that orders are shipping now for customers who preordered, but Apple’s website as of the time of the article (and also as of right now) still says that it ships “October” with no indication that they have more models available to ship to new customers who order right now.

I say this in an entirely good natured way, but “you really need to read and comprehend the article before you start commenting.” smile

Dark Knight

Apple consumers are the rudest people on the planet and for some reason have the desperate notion to always be right. The article could not be any clearer than what was stated.


@Dark Knight

Actually, that’s a complete stereotype. People aren’t defined by the products they use. And truthfully, I don’t use any Apple products. I’m just a blogger and an IT tech. And I did not mean to come off as rude, Mr. Author. I do apologize.




You did sound pretty rude. But it’s true that it’s a stereotype. Many of my friends and family use Macs and iPhones, and they’re far from rude.

Dark knight,
The majority of people choose certain products because of personal preference, not just because ‘OMG, it’s APPLE!’ as some of you haters seem to think. Apple isn’t the best company in the world; in fact their new iOS 6 has so many problems that I’ve considered switching to Android, but there’s no way to easily move everything on my iPhone to Android.

john correll

I received my iPod 5th…  Very happy with it- especially since I was using a 30 GB iPod older version of 5 years.

Apple products do work well- very well- I’ve since “ditched” my PC laptop, ordered an iPhone 5 as well, and also do not see any reason do use PC’s.

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