If i buy a 4th gen ipod touch without open it, let say 5yr later power on still work?

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  1. auzzuro macrumors regular

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    Guys i wonder if i buy a ipod touch 4th generation or iphone 4s without power on do u guys tink after 5yr or 10yr still can work?
     
  2. Rad-o macrumors member

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    The standby time has passed so you may need to charge it before using .
     
  3. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Generally, if you were planning on storing a device a 40% charge or thereabouts is recommended. After 5 yeas though, I would expect the battery to require charging prior to use.
     
  4. APlotdevice, Sep 27, 2012
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    Lithium batteries degrade whether you use them or not. How quickly this occurs depends on the existing charge and what temperature it was stored at*. Of course rechargeables also self-discharge over time... How quickly also depends on temperature... and if a lithium loses all power then it can actually become damaged**. All that said after five years it should still partially work after all that time.


    *do not attempt to store your device in the freezer.

    **modern devices have circuitry which powers them down while there is still a small charge in the battery so as to avoid this problem under normal circumstances.
     
  5. auzzuro thread starter macrumors regular

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    So does tat mean once a while i must use it to prolong the batteries cos i prefer 3.5 inch ipod touch rather than 4inch screen. So i was thinking of getting two of it. One of them i will b using while the other i nt gg to use it until my other ipod touch is dead. So once a while charge it will prolong the batteries? Correct me if i am wrong. I was also thinking og getting two iphone 4s . I still prefer 3.5 inch screen
     
  6. sineplex macrumors 6502

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    it will be fine. Charge it once a year if you're worried.
     
  7. auzzuro thread starter macrumors regular

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    So charging once a year should be fine is it? I like 3.5 inch screen ipod touch or iphone but sadly i don tink apple in future will make 3.5 inch screen anymore...
     
  8. rbrian macrumors 6502a

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    It will probably be cheaper to just buy a new battery in a few years' time - but even that might not be worth while, because in a few years the 3.5" screen will be useless - many apps are already being updated, and it's only a matter of time before they stop working at all on the smaller screen.
     
  9. Slinkwyde, Sep 27, 2012
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    I've had a 4th gen iPod touch since 2010 and it was my first modern mobile device. This summer I also got a 4.0" HTC Droid Incredible 2 to replace my feature phone. I'm an average size American man (5' 9" or ~175cm) with average size hands and to me it's no big deal. The Incredible's screen is slightly larger, but the difference is so small that day-to-day I use the two devices interchangeably without really noticing a difference in size. They both fit comfortably in my hand or in my pant or jean pockets.

    That's only a personal opinion, but it's an opinion formed after spending a lot of time with a 3.5" and 4.0" device. I suppose the difference would be more significant to a child or very small adult (like maybe 4' 11" / 150cm and below).
     
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