TouchArcade reports that the second-generation iPod touch’s processor runs at 532 MHz, while the Iphone 3G’s processor runs at 412 MHz if it is going down hill with the wind behind it.
Both fruit-flavoured toys use an ARM processor which is theoretically capable of running at 620-667Mhz.
It seems that, in a bid to save battery life on both bits of kit, Apple decided to under-clock the processors.
While this dumbing down of the iPhone makes sense when, as it is, it runs out of juice faster than a bloke wandering in the Sahara in summer, it does mean that sometimes Apple gets some embarrassing benchmarks. This one, which says that the smartphone can be beaten in processing ability by an MP3 whose sole function is to play Coldplay and U2 singles, is one.
Still it seems that Apple is slowly getting the hang of speeding up its processor speeds while keeping the battery drain to a minimum.
According to a Polish site iPod info benchmarks between the first generation Ipod Touch and the original Iphone, and the second generation Ipod Touch and the new 3G Iphone, is steadily increasing. µ
iPhone outclocked by MP3-playing sibling
By Nick Farrell on Nov 26, 2008 3:42PM