iPod Touch 2G processor faster than iPhone

by Milind Alvares

iPod Touch 2G processor faster than iPhone

by Milind Alvares on November 23, 2008

In a revealing story at the Touch Arcade, research has shown that the iPod Touch 2G sports a faster CPU clock speed and possibly some GPU tweaks that make it not only superior to the previous generation iPod Touch, but also the iPhone 3G. 

“The most clear difference is that fact that the iPod Touch’s processor was quietly boosted to 532MHz (up from 412MHz) with the 2nd generation model introduced in September. Meanwhile, the iPhone 3G, Original iPhone and 1st Generation iPod Touch continue to run at the original 412MHz.” says the report on Touch Arcade.

Backing up a bit, we find that the iPhone’s ARM processor is actually capable of a speed of 620Mhz, but is downclocked to 412Mhz. This is most possibly to reduce heating and battery life issues. While we have no idea whether Apple will increase the clock speed via a firmware update or as a brand new device, we have one instance where Apple has pushed the Mhz via a firmware update.

Apple better do something about this, as developers are having a hard time developing games for the varied configurations. Tests have shown that there are performance differences between even those with the same clock speed. 

“Where we can easily display two 1500 polygon tennis players with 32 bones each on the iPod touch 2G and maintain fast and fluid game play, the original iPod touch just chokes, and in some instances so do the iPhones.” Thomas Fessler, a game developer, reports to Touch Arcade.

To all those who have been wondering why their friend’s iPod Touch 2G provides better frame-rates than their iPhone, know that Apple has been discriminating under the hood. Well, at least this will please those users who are bummed about the missing Street View on the iPod Touch.

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Evan Garza

Handheld Games – thanks for that info, it’s really quite interesting on how Apple sees the iPod touch as a specific “games” device (or not).



I knew it! I sooo knew it! I kept telling my brother that his iPhone is slower than my Touch but he argued that it was because our apps were different. Good job Smoking Apples!



Eh! No.. These are the kinds of stories that will have not waiting till February.. :(… Let me save money!.. I dun need to be tempted to buy it on my card! :’(



The iPod Touch 2G does NOT have the same processor as the rest of the 3. Well actually the processor is the same, but it stands at v4.0 against the iPhone’s v1.0. This is why they have been able to increase the clock speed. This is also the reason why the dev team has been unable to find a way to jailbreak the new Touch. This is also the reason why they have shown much better battery life and audio performance on the Touch.

This is why I love my iPod Touch 2G :D


Carl Farrington

A faster processor and thinner profile is all that’s stopping me buying an iPhone. I love my iPod touch 2g, and really need an iphone but i’ve set up a few for people with exchange servers and it’s obvious that they’re slower, even just scrolling the settings screen, nevermind snail mail (the game).


ipod touch 4rd generation

I feel that my iPhone touch slower than my


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