iPod touch 2nd Generation Explained

iPod touch 2nd Generation
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The Apple iPod Touch 2nd Generation, a groundbreaking innovation in portable media devices, emerged as a pivotal member of the illustrious iPod series. Produced and distributed by Apple between 2008 and 2009, this device revolutionized personal entertainment with its cutting-edge features and sleek design.

Debuting on September 9, 2008, the iPod Touch 2nd Generation swiftly captivated the market with its vibrant widescreen display and intuitive touch interface. Priced at $229, it offered consumers an unparalleled multimedia experience.

Apple’s second-generation iPod Touch boasted an impressively thin contoured metal body, complemented by a striking 3.5-inch widescreen glass display. It embraced technological advancements such as 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi for seamless wireless connectivity, integrated volume controls, a built-in speaker for casual listening, and an array of sophisticated sensors including an accelerometer. The device also introduced users to Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface, enhancing user interaction and engagement.

Steve Jobs, the visionary CEO of Apple, lauded the iPod Touch 2nd Generation as the “funniest iPod” to date. With access to millions of songs, thousands of movies, and a burgeoning library of games via the iTunes Store and the App Store, users were immersed in a world of entertainment like never before.

Distinguished by its sleek, compact design, the iPod Touch 2nd Generation offered enhanced portability and comfort. With its refined contours and flush display, it provided users with a more ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing experience.

iPod touch 2nd Gen
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The device transformed gaming on-the-go with its extensive library of captivating titles, including “Spore Origins”, “Scrabble” by Electronic Arts, and “Real Football 2009” by Gameloft. The App Store revolutionized how users accessed and enjoyed games, enabling seamless browsing, purchasing, and downloading directly onto the device.

The iPod Touch 2nd Generation seamlessly integrated with iTunes, facilitating the importation, management, and synchronization of multimedia content. With impressive battery life, users could enjoy up to 36 hours of music playback or six hours of video on a single charge. Storage options ranged from 8 GB to 32 GB, accommodating vast libraries of music, photos, and videos.

The device introduced groundbreaking features such as iTunes 8 Genius, allowing users to create dynamic playlists effortlessly. Additionally, built-in Nike + iPod support transformed the iPod Touch into an unparalleled workout companion, seamlessly tracking fitness metrics for users.

Powered by a 533 MHz Samsung ARM 11 processor and equipped with a 3.5″ multi-touch LCD display, the iPod Touch 2nd Generation boasted 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB of flash memory. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, an accelerometer, and an array of ports including a Dock connector and a 3.5mm headphone jack, it offered versatility and functionality.

iPod touch 2nd Gen
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After a successful run, the iPod Touch 2nd Generation was discontinued on September 9, 2009, paving the way for subsequent iterations. Its legacy endures as a hallmark of innovation and excellence in portable media devices.

Today marks the 15-year anniversary of the iPod Touch 2nd Generation, commemorating its enduring impact on personal entertainment and technological advancement.

iPod touch 2nd Generation
Source: apple.com – iPod touch 2nd Generation

iPod touch 2nd Generation Details

IntroducedSeptember 9, 2008 – 15 years ago
DiscontinuedSeptember 9, 2009 – 14 years ago
Last Software UpdateNovember 22, 2010 – 13 years ago
Time on the Market12 months (1 year)
Time of Support26 months (2 years)
Model IdentifieriPod2,1
Model NumberA1288 (Worldwide)
A1319 (China)
Order NumberMB528LL/A (8 GB)
MC086LL/A (8 GB)
MB531LL/A (16 GB)
MB533LL/A (32 GB)
Original Price$229 (8 GB)
$299 (16 GB)
$399 (32 GB)
Weight4.05 oz. – 114 Grams
Dimensions4.3” H x 2.4” W x 0.33″ D
10.92 cm H x 6.09 cm W x 0.83 cm D

iPod touch 2nd Gen Tech Specs


ProcessorSamsung ARM 1176JZ(F)-S
Processor Speed620 MHz (running at 533 MHz)
Number of Cores1


Storage8 GB
16 GB
32 GB


Memory128 MB LPDDR


Graphics CardPowerVR MBX Lite
Number of Cores1


Display3.5″ widescreen LCD Display
Resolution320 x 480
Pixel Density163 ppi


Sleep / Wake up
Volume + / –


SensorsAmbient light


Ports1 – 30-pin dock connector
1 – 3.5-mm headphone jack
BluetoothBluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Audio InNone
Audio OutHeadphones


Audio FormatsAAC
Protected AAC
Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3)
Apple Lossless
Photo FormatsJPEG
PSD (Mac only)
Video FormatsH.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats


Original OSiPhone OS 2.1.1 / iOS 2.1.1
Maximum OSiOS 4.2.1
iTunesiTunes 8.0 or later
System RequirementsMac OS X 10.4.10 or later
Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later


BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Capacity739 mAh
Battery LifeVideo playback: Up to 6 hours
Audio playback: Up to 36 hours
Charge TimeAbout 4 hours
2 hours to 80%
Power AdapterCharging via USB 2.0 or power adapter

iPod touch 2nd Gen Introduction Video

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