In typical Apple fashion, they announced the new third generation iPod touch 32GB and 64GB as being 50% faster than the previous generation (the 8GB is the same old bag as last year), with nary a word on what chipsets made it so.

Well, some digging has been done, and some benches have been marked, and the early word is... zoom zoom.

Macworld's tests show some impressive gains. Boot went down from 31 to 19 seconds. Launching apps went from 12, 20, and 10 seconds to 7, 15, and 5 for Peggle, HR Battle, and Rolando 2 respectively. Web page rendering for the NYT site was down from 34 to 15 seconds, and the Sunspider JS test went from 34.2 to 15.6 seconds.

So, yeah, about 50%.

TAUW, meanwhile, went to the heart of the matter, and discovered that the new iPod touch shares similar, if *slightly* incremented internals over this year's iPhone 3GS. More plainly, same Samsung ARM Cortex A8 processor (S5L8922X, however, as opposed to the iPhone 3GS S5L8920X). No word yet on what may be different, if anything about the PowerVR SGX graphic core, but as we heard already, the 802.11n potential is in the WiFi chip.

The second generation iPod touch was faster than the iPhone 3G, so it's not hard to imagine lack of cell-radio concerns and slightly new components could push the third generation iPod touch across the finish line before the iPhone 3GS as well.

## Reader comments

## iPod touch Speed Test: How Much Faster is 50%?

First!!!

Ever notice how these guys: http://www.iphonehill.com/ just seem to scrape entire stories from TiPb?

I hate imposters..

@Andy

loser!!!

Seriously? Get a life buddy.

No joke Andy. I've seen you write first on several stories. Are you just following the Twitter and jumping on it first or what? In short, get a life.

If things load twice as fast wouldn't that be 100% faster?

7th......

8th...lol

@C

good call!!! I was thinking exactly the same thing!

So the hardware is impressive,and i reAlly lack some RAM to start Gangstar so 3g will be a good gaming device.even without the camera

I've just gone to New York Times on the N97, 5 seconds over 3G, now that's better !

No C that would be 200% faster

If it's loading in half the time, then it's "Twice as fast".

I believe that means it is "%100 faster" in normal terms.

It's a weird discussion because we are used to thinking of % faster in the other direction. A car that is traveling 100mph is traveling half as fast as one at 200mph.

The car at 200mph is 100% faster than the car at 100mph.

A car at 300mph is 200% faster than the car at 100mph.

I think this all makes sense. Please correct!

@Chico

Dude,did you ever see a site in mobile safari,it looks almost the same as on the desktop...

and every other browser is just...

if it goes from 10 to 5 seconds, it's 50 percent faster because it's 50 percent of 10.

if it goes from 5 to 10 seconds, it's 100 percent slower, because it's 100 percent of 5.

@kaydot: You are right indeed. 100% faster. I was about to post the same remark whan I saw your comment.

100% faster would be virtually down to zero (or instantaneous).... So 50% faster is correct...

David is right. You have to place the percentage on the newer or faster object. The car analogy stands but the percentage is on the faster car: 100mph vs. 200mph. 50% of 200mph is 100mph, thus a 50% increase. Right???

I disagree, "faster" refers to speed, not to duration, and half the wait means twice the speed.

Actually, Tap Tap, doing the math, you're right. For the increase in speed it should be 100%. I concede! :)

TapTap is correct. Its speed not duration.

if 'A' moves at 100mph and 'B' moves at 150mph then B is 50% faster or a 50% increase.

To confuse the subject more you could also say that 'B' moves at 150% of the speed of 'A'.

nay says the scientist. If you say "faster than" then you're using the first object as the reference. thus 100% faster would be correct

You guys need a refresh, what is 50 percent as a decimal .. .5 100 percent is 1 and 200 percent is 2, so if the touch is twice as fast then it is 200 percent faster

Dickalan: it's 50% FASTER. You are correct that 50% is .5, but saying "I improved my speed by 50%" does not mean you took twice as long to finish. It means you multiply your old speed by .5 and add that to your old speed. Essentially you're doing 3 units of work in the amount of time it used to take you to do 2 units of work.

So what's the battery life like in comparison? For example, how many hours of play in a given game/app on the new device vs the old one?

Always good to know if the increase in performance has sapped battery life.

All are wrong!!! It is faster because Apple said it is. Never mind how fast, just go out and spend spend spend.

@27th

Start thinking about learning to count.

if it runs twice as fast wouldnt that be 200% faster

"Percent of" is not the same as "percent faster than."

"Percent faster than" is a kind of "percent change."

50% is a special case where "percent of" and "percent change" are the same number. But note below what 100 percent faster than really means.

Consider the following...

50% of 30 seconds is 15 seconds. --

10% of 30 seconds is 3 seconds. --

15 seconds is 50% "of" 30 seconds AND 50% "faster than" 30 seconds

3 seconds is 10% "of" 30 seconds BUT 90% "faster than" 30 seconds

The two formulas in question are these:

Percent of = X/Y * 100%

percent change = X-Y/Y * 100

3/30 * 100% = 10% (3 is 10% of 30)

3-30/30 * 100% = -90% (3 is 90% less than 30)

Now, if 3 is 90% less than (faster than) 30, what is 100% faster than 30?

It must be zero.

0-30/30 * 100% = -100%