New iPod Touch Teardown Reveals 0.7 Megapixel Camera, 256MB RAM And More
Folks at iFixit have performed a thorough teardown of the recently unveiled iPod Touch. The analysis throws up several interesting pieces of information about Apple's new iPod Touch model.
While the new model is definitely much thinner than the older iPod Touch and comes with a very durable metal back panel, iFixit also underlines some features that could come as a surprise to users.
As many of you may have wondered, Steve Jobs did not reveal the finer details about the iPod Touch's rear facing camera during the media event last week. It is now learned that the rear-facing camera only renders images of 960×720 resolution. This translates to 0.7 megapixels, which is in stark contrast to the 5-Megapixel camera on iPhone 4. iFixit postulates that the camera resolution could have been compromised in order to retain the extremely thin profile of the new iPod Touch.
Processor and RAM specifications
The hardware profile of the new iPod Touch is pretty similar to the iPad. Though the new model runs on an A4 processor like the iPad and iPhone 4, iFixit points out that the markings on the processor indicate that the A4 chip on iPod Touch is identical to those available on the iPad. Consequently, this also implies that the new iPod Touch will carry a 256MB RAM, and not a 512MB RAM like the iPhone 4. It is believed that Apple compromised on the RAM specifications in order to cut costs and retain the affordability of the iPod Touch.
A comparison of battery sizes between iPhone 4 and the new iPod Touch reveals that the battery on the latter is not only smaller, but also carries less power than the battery on iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 battery provides 5.25 Watt-Hours of energy whereas the battery on iPod Touch only offers 3.44 Watt-hours. The difference should however be insignificant considering that the iPod Touch does not come with 3G connectivity and hence may effectively consume lesser power.
No Vibrating Alert
Rumors earlier this week pointed out to the presence of a vibration motor on the new iPod Touch. This speculation was further heightened by a reference to vibration on the iPod Touch FaceTime page that read,
"If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you'll receive an invitation — along with a vibrating alert — on your iPod touch asking you to join. Simply tap Accept, and the video call begins."
iFixit has however clarified that the new iPod Touch does not contain a vibration motor and that earlier reports wrongly identified a microphone for a motor. Interestingly, Apple too has removed the reference to the vibrating alert on its FaceTime page that now reads:
"If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you'll receive an invitation on your iPod touch asking you to join. Simply tap Accept, and the video call begins."
What do you make of these observations? Do you think features like low camera resolution and 256MB RAM capacities are deal breakers? Tell us what you think in the comments.
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