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3rd Generation iPod touch: Technical Specs and History


third-generation iPod touch
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3rd Generation iPod touch - The 3rd Generation iPod touch is fairly similar to its predecessor, but distinguishes itself due to its increased capacity and faster processor. It also adds Voice Control and VoiceOver support.

As always, the touch is called an iPhone without the phone features by some. The two devices share the same basic design, include large touchscreens, offer Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, and iPod features including music and video playback, wireless music purchases from the iTunes Store, and CoverFlow browsing. In fact, a key addition in the third-generation model is the same processor as used in the iPhone 3GS, giving the device more processing power and allowing it to display more complex graphics using OpenGL.

Like its predecessor, this model includes an accelerometer that senses how the user is holding or moving the device and allows content on the screen to respond accordingly. Like previous iPod touch models, this one also lacks the digital camera and A-GPS features available on the iPhone.

The 3rd generation iPod touch was met with a somewhat tepid response as its initial introduction thanks to its only slight improvements over the previous model. Based on rumors, many had expected that this model would incorporate a digital camera, but that feature wasn't introduced until the 4th generation model. Despite that initial disappointment in some corners, the 3rd generation iPod touch continued the line's sales success.

32GB (about 7,000 songs)
64GB (about 14,000 songs)
solid-state Flash memory

Screen Size
480 x 320
3.5 inches

802.11b/g WiFi

Supported Formats


  • AAC
  • AIFF
  • Apple Lossless
  • Audible
  • MP3
  • WAV


  • Bitmap
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • PSD (Mac only)
  • TIFF


  • H.264
  • MPEG-4

4.3 x 2.4 x 0.33 inches

4.05 ounces

Battery Life
Audio - 36 hours
Video - 6 hours


iOS Support
up to 5.0

Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher; iTunes 9 or higher
Windows:Windows Vista or XP or higher; iTunes 9 or higher

$299 - 32GB
$399 - 64GB

Released: Sept. 2009
Discontinued: Sept. 2010

Also Known As: itouch
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