It was confirmed on June 8, 2015 at Apple's WWDC that the iPod Touch 5th generation would support iOS 9. This makes it the first and only iPod touch to support 4 major versions of iOS being iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9. iOS 9 is said to feature performance improvements that may help the aging device function more smoothly. Other A5-based devices will also support iOS 9 including the iPad 2 (6 major iOS versions), the iPhone 4S (5 major iOS versions) and the iPad Mini (4 major iOS versions). iOS 9.3.5 will be the last update that will support the iPod Touch 5th generation as it will not support iOS 10 along with the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and 3, and iPad Mini 1st generation due to hardware limitations.
was released on September 18, 2013 to all iOS devices. This generation was the only iPod Touch in the iPod Touch line-up to run iOS 7. On June 2, 2014, it was announced that the iPod Touch 5th generation would receive that fall. It was released on September 17, 2014.
|iPod touch 5th Generation||iPod touch 4th Generation|
|With an all-new design, 4-inch Retina display, A5 chip, 5MP iSight camera (32GB & 64GB only), and Siri, it’s the most fun iPod touch ever.||Have fun with Front-Facing FaceTime camera with 1.2MP photos & 720p HD video recording, Game Center, and iMessage all on the Retina display.|
|Capability||5MP iSight camera (32GB & 64GB only), 1080p HD video recording (32GB & 64GB only), Siri, AirPlay Mirroring, apps, games, music, widescreen video, iMessage, Front-Facing FaceTime camera with 1.2MP photos & 720p HD video recording, Game Center, email, Safari web browser, Facebook and Twitter integration, Passbook, Maps||720p HD video recording, apps, games, music, video, Front-Facing FaceTime camera with 1.2MP photos & 720p HD video recording, Game Center, email, Safari web browser, Facebook and Twitter integration, Passbook, Maps|
|Battery Life||Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
Video playback: Up to 8 hours
|Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
Video playback: Up to 7 hours
|Color||Black & Silver (16GB)
Black, White, Pink, Yellow, Blue (32GB & 64GB only)
|In the Box||Apple EarPods, Lightning to USB Cable, iPod touch loop (32GB & 64GB only)||Apple Earphones, USB Cable|
|Capacity||16GB, 32GB, 64GB||16GB, 32GB|
|Size||4.86 x 2.31 x 0.24 inches||4.4 x 2.32 x 0.28 inches|
|Weight||3.04 ounces (16GB)
3.10 ounces (32GB & 64GB)
|Display||4-inch (diagonal) Multi-Touch Retina display||3.5-inch (diagonal) Multi-Touch Retina display|
I won’t bore you with hardware numbers that have been posted numerous times elsewhere, but I will tell you this: the iPod touch 5th generation is the first iPod touch that I’ve felt could adequately handle anything thrown at it.
Unfortunately (thankfully?) I struggle to control myself when it comes to Apple product purchases. But that lack of control allowed me to witness first hand a marvelous turnaround to the iPod touch line. Yes, the iPod touch 5th generation shares little with the previous generation hardware, and that’s a good thing.