iPod 5th Generation Late 2006 Explained

iPod with Video
Source: apple.com – iPod with Video

In the ever-evolving landscape of portable music and video players, few devices have left as lasting an impression as Apple’s iPod series. Among these iconic gadgets stands out the iPod 5th Generation Late 2006 also known as “iPod 5th Generation Enhanced”, “iPod 5.5 Generation”, or “iPod with Video Late 2006”, introduced by Apple in 2006 and discontinued in 2007. Despite its relatively short lifespan, this device remains a cherished relic for enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Back in 2006, Apple unveiled the iPod 5th Generation Late 2006, heralding it as the pinnacle of digital music and portable video players. Boasting a vibrant 2.5-inch color display, this sleek gadget redefined how users experienced their favorite tunes and Hollywood blockbusters on the go. With seamless integration with iTunes 7 and access to a plethora of entertainment content, the iPod 5th Generation Late 2006 quickly became a must-have device for music and movie enthusiasts.

One of the standout features of the iPod 5th Generation Late 2006 was its 60% brighter and more vibrant display. This enhancement revolutionized the viewing experience, allowing users to enjoy TV shows and movies with unparalleled clarity and richness, all in the palm of their hands.

iPod Video
Source: apple.com – iPod Video

Offered in 30 GB and 80 GB models, the iPod provided ample storage space for music, videos, podcasts, and more. With the 80 GB model capable of holding up to 20,000 songs or 100 hours of video, users never had to worry about running out of entertainment options.

The iPod’s integration with iTunes 7 and the iTunes Store opened up a world of content for users. With access to over 75 Hollywood movies, 220 television shows, and a selection of popular video games, the iPod became more than just a music player—it became a portable entertainment hub.

Featuring Apple’s patented Click Wheel for intuitive navigation, the iPod 5th Generation Late 2006 offered users a seamless and user-friendly interface. The addition of new features like Search and Quick Scroll made it easier than ever to find and enjoy content on the device.

With battery life being a crucial factor for portable devices, the iPod didn’t disappoint. The 30 GB model offered up to 14 hours of music playback and 3.5 hours of video playback, while the 80 GB model boasted an impressive 20 hours of music playback and 6.5 hours of video playback.

Despite its cutting-edge features and widespread acclaim, the iPod 5th Generation Late 2006 (Enhanced) was discontinued in 2007. However, its impact on the world of portable entertainment remains undeniable. Even today, 17 years after its launch, the device continues to hold a special place in the hearts of technology enthusiasts and collectors.

iPod Family 2006
Source: apple.com – iPod Family 2006

iPod 5th Generation Late 2006 Details

IntroducedSeptember 12, 2006 – 17 years ago
DiscontinuedSeptember 5, 2007 – 16 years ago
Time on the Market358 days (11 months)
Model NumberA1136
EMC2065
Order NumberMA444LL/A (30 GB White)
MA446LL/A (30 GB Black)
MA448LL/A (80 GB White)
MA450LL/A (80 GB Black)
Original Price$249 (30 GB)
$349 (80 GB)
ColorsWhite
Black
Weight4.8 oz. – 136 Grams (30 GB)
5.5 oz. – 155 Grams (80 GB)
Dimensions4.1” H x 2.4” W x 0.43” – 0.55″ D
10.41 cm H x 6.09 cm W x 1.09 – 1.39 cm D

iPod with Video Late 2006 Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorPortalPlayer PP5021C (Dual ARM 7TDMI)
Processor SpeedUp to 80 MHz
Architecture32-bit
Number of Cores2
Cache8 KB per processor

Storage

Storage30 GB
80 GB

Display

Built-in Display2.5″ 260,000-color QVGA LCD Display with white LED-backlit
Resolutions320 x 240 pixels

Media

Audio FormatsAAC
MP3
MP3 (VBR)
Audible
WAV
AIFF
Apple Lossless
Photo FormatsJPEG
BMP
GIF
TIFF
PNG
PSD (Mac only)
Video FormatsH.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Connections

Ports1 – 30-pin Dock Connector
1 – 3.5-mm stereo jack, composite video, and audio through minijack
CameraNone

Controls

ControlsPlay/Pause
Next title
Previous title
Menu
Hold
Click wheel

Software

Maximum OS1.3
iTunesiTunes 7.0 or later
System RequirementsMac OS X 10.3.9 or later
Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later

Accessories

AccessoriesEarbud headphones
Case
USB cable
Dock Adapter

Power

BatteryBuilt-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery CapacityUnknown
Battery LifeUp to 14 hours of music (30 GB)
Up to 20 hours of music (80 GB)
Up to 4 hours of slideshows with music (30 GB)
Up to 6 hours of slideshows with music (80 GB)
Up to 3.5 hours of video (30 GB)
Up to 6.5 hours of video (80 GB)
Charge TimeUp to 4 hours
2 hours to 80% capacity
PowerCharging via FireWire, USB 2.0, or power adapter

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