Buying an iPod touch, how do I know what version it is?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by iphonesrq, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. iphonesrq macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2007
    Hello I'm buying an iPod touch, the seller says its a 2nd gen.

    #1 is this generation a good one?

    #2 how can I confirm what gen it is?

    thank you
  2. iSpaghettiCat macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2009
    Miami, FL
    1. Not really, a 3rd gen has better performance.

    Side note, a new iPod touch is to be released this September, so keep that in mind when deciding to buy.

    2. Settings -> General -> Scroll down to Accessibility; if it doesn't have it, it's the 2nd gen.
  3. tadad1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2008
    #1 I have a 2nd gen and it is a great little unit but I would not be looking to buy one at the moment as sadly it is becoming somewhat dated and nearing the end of its life span for the following reasons.

    - Hardware wise it is soon to be 2 generations old and outdated with a 4th gen release expected in September.

    - As Apple and App developers start to focus on the capabilities and features of new models you can expect the 2nd gen to be excluded from future firmware and App updates and releases and pretty much obsolete within the next 12 months.

    - Depending on when it was purchased it could be almost 2 years old and may be getting a little tired with shorter battery life and a greater risk of failure especially from high usage\wear components like the home button and earphone jack.

    If it was clean and in good working condition and going for a song then it may be worth picking up as a "beater" for going to the gym etc. but if you want to use it as a full featured device you would be better off hanging on to your money till September for 2 reasons A)to see what the new models have to offer B) because by then used 2nd gen and even 3rd gen touch models will selling real cheap as people upgrade to new models.

    #2 The 2nd and 3rd gen look identical but if it has a rounded back, volume buttons on the left side and an in built speaker it is at least a 2nd gen.
  4. iphonesrq thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2007
    thank you....was looking to keep one in my car as my deck can control an ipod. The seller had the 2nd gen for $200 so I was going to buy---thank you for talking into waiting :)
  5. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    That would be a good idea.

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