The iPod touch has generally been considered little more than an iPhone, sans phone, camera, and microphone, but it turns out this may not exactly be the case. Games are continuing to push the limits of what both device can do. Surprisingly, in terms of gaming performance, the iPod touch is actually comes out ahead of not only the previous generation model, but both the iPhone and iPhone 3G as well.
Thomas Fessler, CEO of Handheld Games Corp. says that they noticed a significant difference in the performance of their 3D game, TouchSports Tennis [App Store $4.99]. Interestingly, the device actually needed some optimization to run on the slower of the Apple handhelds, but ran just fine on the iPod touch.
So the real question is, if the iPod touch is just a stripped-down iPhone, how is it faster than an iPhone? The answer is simply that it’s not just a stripped down iPhone anymore. That was true with the first generation model, but in the second generation model released in September, they bumped up the CPU to 532MHz without us noticing (and possibly more changes, but there’s no hard evidence of it), whereas both the original iPod touch, iPhone, and even the iPhone 3G still only have 412MHz chips.
The information makes the new iPod touch look like just that much better of an option compared to the older device. Fessler adds that he wouldn’t suggest getting a used iPod touch if you plan to use it for gaming.
[via Touch Arcade]