iPod Touch
DeveloperApple Inc.
Product familyiPod
TypeMobile device
Release dateSeptember 9, 2009 (2009-09-09)
DiscontinuedSeptember 1, 2010; 12 years ago (September 1, 2010)
Operating systemOriginal: iPhone OS 3.1 Last: iOS 5.1.1, released May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07)
System on a chipS5L8922
CPUARMv7-A32 Samsung S5L8922 600 MHz
Memory256 MB DRAM[1]
Storage32 or 64 GB flash memory[1]
Display3.5 in (89 mm) diagonal (3:2 aspect ratio),
multi-touch display,
LED backlit TN TFT LCD,
480×320 px at 165 PPI
800:1 contrast ratio (typical), 500 cd/m2 max. brightness (typical), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front[1]
GraphicsPowerVR SGX535 GPU
Online servicesApp Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Passbook, MobileMe
Dimensions110 mm (4.3 in) H
58 mm (2.3 in) W
7.1 mm (0.28 in) D[1]
Mass115 g (4.1 oz)[1]
PredecessoriPod Touch (2nd generation)
SuccessoriPod Touch (4th generation)
RelatediPhone 3GS

The third generation iPod Touch (marketed as "the new iPod touch", and colloquially known as the iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 3, or iPod 3) is a multi-touch mobile device designed and marketed by Apple Inc. with a touchscreen-based user interface. The successor to the 2nd-generation iPod Touch, it was unveiled and released at Apple's media event on September 9, 2009.[2] It is (officially) compatible with up to iOS 5.1.1, which was released on May 7, 2012.


The 3rd-generation iPod Touch was announced alongside the revised version of the (2nd generation) iPod Touch (8GB model), and it was initially only sold in 32GB and 64GB models.[3] Due to the quiet unveiling and confusion, some resellers later sold and mistitled 8GB iPod touches (2nd generation) as the iPod touch (3rd generation), but this was neither done nor condoned by Apple.[4][5] Just like the IPod Touch (2nd generation), the 8GB "iPod touch (3rd generation)" (late 2009 models) was only supported up to IOS 4.2.1, whereas the 32GB and 64GB (3rd generation) iPod touches were supported all the way up to iOS 5.1.1.[5][6]



Main articles: iOS, iOS 4, and iOS 5

Further information: iOS version history

It fully supports iOS 4 but has limited support for iOS 5 and did not receive support for Siri.[7]


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  2. ^ "Apple Introduces New iPod touch Lineup". Apple Newsroom. 9 September 2009.
  3. ^ "iPod touch 3rd Gen/32 & 64 GB 32 GB, 64 GB Specs (A1318, MC008LL/A*, 2310, iPod3,1): EveryiPod.com". everymac.com. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  4. ^ "Is there such thing as a 3rd generation 8GB iPod touch?". Ask Different. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  5. ^ a b "Differences Between iPod touch 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen 2009: EveryiPod.com". everymac.com. Retrieved 2022-06-14.
  6. ^ "iPod touch 3rd Gen/32 & 64 GB 32 GB, 64 GB Specs (A1318, MC008LL/A*, 2310, iPod3,1): EveryiPod.com". everymac.com. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  7. ^ "Differences Between iPod touch 3rd Gen and 4th Gen: EveryiPod.com". everymac.com. Retrieved 2022-06-11.