iPod Touch (4th generation)

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iPod Touch
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A black iPod touch (4th generation)
DeveloperApple Inc.
Product familyiPod
TypeHandheld PC
Release dateSeptember 12, 2010 (2010-09-12) (8, 32, and 64 GB)
October 12, 2011 (2011-10-12) (White model)
October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) (16 GB)
DiscontinuedOctober 11, 2012; 8 years ago (October 11, 2012) (8 and 64 GB)
May 30, 2013; 7 years ago (May 30, 2013) (16 and 32 GB)
Operating systemOriginal: iOS 4.1
iOS 5.0 (White model)
Last: iOS 6.1.6, released February 21, 2014 (2014-02-21)
Unofficial: iOS 7.1.2
System on a chipApple A4
CPUARM Cortex-A8 Apple A4 800 MHz
Memory256 MB DRAM
Storage8, 16, 32 or 64 GB flash memory
Display3.5 in (89 mm) diagonal (3:2 aspect ratio),
multi-touch display,
LED backlit IPS TFT LCD,
960×640 px at 326 PPI
800:1 contrast ratio (typical), 500 cd/m2 max. brightness (typical), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
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
Mass101 g (3.6 oz)
PredecessoriPod Touch (3rd generation)
SuccessoriPod Touch (5th generation)

The fourth-generation iPod Touch (marketed as The new iPod touch, and colloquially known as the iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 4, or iPod 4) is a multi touch all-purpose pocket computer designed and marketed by Apple Inc. with a touchscreen-based user interface. A successor to the 3rd-generation iPod Touch, it was unveiled at Apple's media event on September 1, 2010, and was released on September 12, 2010. It is compatible with up to iOS 6.1.6, which was released on February 21, 2014.

The fourth-generation iPod Touch was the first iPod to offer front and rear facing cameras. The iPod Touch is slimmer, lighter model than its predecessors and the iPhone 4, and introduces a retina display. Other improvements include support for recording 720p video via the rear camera, Apple's A4 chip (the same chip used in the iPad (1st generation), and iPhone 4).


The fourth-generation iPod Touch was initially released with a single color option. It initially featured with a black-colored front with a stainless steel back. On October 12, 2011, with the release of the iPhone 4S, the white-colored version was added and the stainless steel back remained unchanged.[1] It is the last iPod Touch to have this feature until the release of the fifth-generation iPod Touch, which have additional color options on the back.

The device was initially only sold in 8 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models.[2][3] The three storage options remained the same in October 2011, with the release of the white-colored version. On October 11, 2012, Apple discontinued the 8 GB and 64 GB models with the release of the 32 and 64 GB models of the fifth-generation iPod Touch. The price for the 32 GB model was reduced, and the 16 GB model was introduced.[4] The iPod Touch (4th generation) was officially discontinued by Apple on May 30, 2013, with the release of a 16 GB version of its successor, the iPod Touch 5. It is also the last of the iPod Touch players released to use the 30-pin dock connector, which was substituted with the Lightning connector starting with the 5th generation of iPod Touch players.



It fully supports iOS 4, and iOS 5, but has limited support for iOS 6 and unlike the iPhone 4, the device did not officially get iOS 7 due to performance issues. On November 14, 2013, Apple issued iOS 6.1.5 for the iPod touch (4th generation) to fix FaceTime calls failing. On February 21, 2014, Apple issued iOS 6.1.6 for the iPod touch (4th generation) and iPhone 3GS to fix faulty SSL verification. It also was the last version for all those devices.


Since October 2004, the iPod line has dominated digital music player sales in the United States, with over 90% of the market for hard drive-based players and over 70% of the market for all types of players. During the year from January 2004 to January 2005, the high rate of sales caused its U.S. market share to increase from 31% to 65% and in July 2005, this market share was measured at 74%. In January 2007 the iPod market share reached 72.7% according to Bloomberg Online.

On January 8, 2004, Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced that they would sell HP-branded iPods under a license agreement from Apple. Several new retail channels were used—including Walmart—and these iPods eventually made up 5% of all iPod sales. In July 2005, HP stopped selling iPods due to unfavorable terms and conditions imposed by Apple.[5]

In January 2007, Apple reported record quarterly revenue of US$7.1 billion, of which 48% was made from iPod sales.[6]

On April 9, 2007, it was announced that Apple had sold its one-hundred millionth iPod, making it the biggest-selling digital music player of all time. In April 2007, Apple reported second-quarter revenue of US$5.2 billion, of which 32% was made from iPod sales.[7] Apple and several industry analysts suggest that iPod users are likely to purchase other Apple products such as Mac computers.[8]

On October 22, 2007, Apple reported quarterly revenue of US$6.22 billion, of which 30.69% came from Apple notebook sales, 19.22% from desktop sales and 26% from iPod sales. Apple's 2007 year revenue increased to US$24.01 billion with US$3.5 billion in profits. Apple ended the fiscal year 2007 with US$15.4 billion in cash and no debt.[9]

On January 22, 2008, Apple reported the best quarter revenue and earnings in Apple's history so far. Apple posted record revenue of US$9.6 billion and a record net quarterly profit of US$1.58 billion. 42% of Apple's revenue for the First fiscal quarter of 2008 came from iPod sales, followed by 21% from notebook sales and 16% from desktop sales.

On October 21, 2008, Apple reported that only 14.21% of total revenue for fiscal quarter 4 of year 2008 came from iPods.[10] At the September 9, 2009 keynote presentation at the Apple Event, Phil Schiller announced total cumulative sales of iPods exceeded 220 million. The continual decline of iPod sales since 2009 has not been a surprising trend for the Apple corporation, as Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer explained in June 2009: "We expect our traditional MP3 players to decline over time as we cannibalize ourselves with the iPod Touch and the iPhone." Since 2009, the company's iPod sales have continually decreased every financial quarter and in 2013 a new model was not introduced onto the market.[11]

As of September 2012, Apple reported that the total number of iPods sold worldwide was 350 million.[12]


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