Original iPod touch Explained

iPod touch 1st Generation
Source: apple.com – iPod touch 1st Generation

The Apple iPod touch (1st Generation), fondly known as the “Original iPod touch,” graced the tech scene from 2007 to 2008 as part of Apple’s iconic iPod series. Launched on September 5, 2007, this groundbreaking gadget marked a new era in portable entertainment, boasting a widescreen iPod with a touch screen starting at $299.

This innovative device introduced Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch user interface, akin to the iPhone’s interface. It enabled users to effortlessly access their music, videos, and more through its captivating widescreen display, all with the touch of a finger. Notably, the iPod touch pioneered Wi-Fi wireless networking, a first for any iPod at the time, revolutionizing how users interacted with their portable devices.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s visionary CEO, remarked, “The iPod touch is a landmark iPod, ushering in a whole new generation of features based on its revolutionary multi-touch interface and built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking. People are going to be amazed at how thin it is and how much it does.”

With its sleek 8 mm thin design and a stunning 3.5-inch widescreen display, the iPod touch redefined portable entertainment. Its built-in accelerometer seamlessly adjusted the display when rotated, enhancing the user experience for tasks such as browsing music collections via Cover Flow or viewing photos. Moreover, the device’s ambient light sensor intelligently adjusts display brightness, ensuring optimal viewing in any environment.

Original iPod touch
Source: apple.com – Original iPod touch

The introduction of the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store further revolutionized digital music consumption. Users could wirelessly browse, preview, and purchase songs and albums directly on their iPod touch, with downloads seamlessly syncing with their iTunes library upon connection.

Powered by Safari, the most advanced web browser on a portable device at the time, users could enjoy a desktop-like browsing experience, complete with zooming capabilities and integrated Google Search and Yahoo! oneSearch. Additionally, the inclusion of Apple’s YouTube application granted access to millions of free videos over Wi-Fi, further enriching the device’s entertainment value.

Technical specifications of the original iPod touch boasted a 412 MHz Samsung ARM 11 processor, a vibrant 3.5″ multi-touch LCD display, and storage options ranging from 8 GB to 32 GB of flash memory. Coupled with built-in Wi-Fi, an accelerometer, and impressive battery life, the iPod touch set a new standard for portable media players.

However, all good things must come to an end. On September 9, 2008, Apple bid farewell to the 1st Generation iPod touch, paving the way for its successor, the iPod touch 2nd Generation.

Despite its discontinuation, the legacy of the original iPod touch endures. Today, on its 16-year anniversary, we celebrate its contribution to the digital revolution and its lasting impact on the world of portable entertainment.

iPod touch 1st Gen
Source: apple.com – iPod touch 1st Gen

Original iPod touch Details

IntroducedSeptember 5, 2007 (8 GB and 16 GB) – 16 years ago
February 5, 2008 (32 GB) – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedSeptember 9, 2008 – 15 years ago
Last Software UpdateFebruary 2, 2010 – 14 years ago
Time on the Market12 months (1 year)
Time of Support28 months (2 years)
Model IdentifieriPod1,1
Model NumberA1213
Order NumberMA623LL/A (8 GB)
MA627LL/A (16 GB)
MB376LL/A (32 GB)
Original Price$299
Weight4.2 oz. – 119 Grams
Dimensions4.3” H x 2.4” W x 0.31″ D
10.92 cm H x 6.09 cm W x 0.78 cm D

iPod touch 1st Gen Tech Specs


ProcessorSamsung ARM 1176JZ(F)-S
Processor Speed620 MHz (running at 412 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


SensorsAmbient light


Ports1 – 30-pin dock connector
1 – 3.5-mm headphone jack
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 1.1 / iOS 1.1
Maximum OSiPhone OS 1.1.5 / iOS 1.1.5 (Free)
iPhone OS 3.1.3 / iOS 3.1.3 (Paid)
iTunesiTunes 7.4 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 Capacity580 mAh
Battery LifeInternet Use: Up to 6 hours
Video playback: Up to 5 hours
Audio playback: Up to 22 hours
Power AdapterCharging via USB 2.0 or power adapter

Original iPod touch Introduction Video

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