10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2012 5:58 AM by John4867
jakefromiselin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My iPod touch 2nd generation is not able to upgrade to iOS 5. I understand that it is not compatable, but why? What makes it so much different that it can not receive this version of iOS? Will I still be able to purchase apps made from today on for my IPod touch? Thanks for all the help.


iPod touch, iOS 5
  • 1. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)

    Same reason older computers/TV's/phones/cameras/dvd players/etc cannot get some of the newest software.

     

    Old hardware will not be able to run the newest software forever.  This is very normal.

     

    You will still be able to purchase any apps that say that they work with ios 4.2.1.

  • 2. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (142,155 points)

    A 2G iPod is less capable (slower processor and half the memory) that the later ones and Apple made the decision not to allow iOS 5on the 2G iPod.

     

    Unless a developer updates the app to not be compatible with iOS 4.2.1, the apps will continue t with a 2G iPod.

  • 3. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    OldManKris Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    With iOS 5, Apple decided to only support CPUs that run the ARM v7 instruction set. The iPod Touch 2nd gen (along with the iPhone 3G) only supports ARM v6.

     

    It might seem like it shouldn't be a big deal to keep supporting v6 along with v7, but Apple puts a lot of work into optimizing the code and taking full advantage of whatever they can to make things fast while conserving battery life, so it makes sense to devote resources to supporting what their newest products can do. (And of course, they'd also like you to buy a new device every few years.)

  • 4. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    davefromstoke on trent Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Bit naff I understand older hardware etc but on something had from new for less than 2 years is a bit annoying, though should be thankful sons ipod been replaced 3 times in that same period last one virtually cost of new anyway, this was my first and will be my last apple product

  • 5. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    STU9000 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Actually all this is putting me off buying any more apple products, my 2nd gen iPod touch is >2 years old and already it's starting to become obsolete. Sadly I am stuck with ipods for playing most of my music now, I totally regret that.

     

    Is there any way to undo updates for apps? It's just some of the apps I have downloaded now don't work because the update requires a newer version. You'd think the software in iTunes would have been able to detect that the updated version couldn't be played and at least warn you!

  • 6. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (7,375 points)

    STU9000 wrote:

    You'd think the software in iTunes would have been able to detect that the updated version couldn't be played and at least warn you!

    You know what STU9000? That's a brilliant idea!

     

    You should send that in as a suggestion: http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipodtouch.html and probably select Feedback Type as "Enhancement Request".

  • 7. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    STU9000 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Yah I'm a genius at these things.

  • 8. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    dozinbatty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think Apple should support all ist customers. It needs to make IOS 5 available for 2nd Generation IPOD touch also.

  • 9. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (7,375 points)

    dozinbatty wrote:

     

    I think Apple should support all ist customers.

     

    It does.

     

    dozinbatty wrote:

     

    It needs to make IOS 5 available for 2nd Generation IPOD touch also.

    It is not technically possible, the 1st and 2nd generation Touch are not powerful enough.

  • 10. Re: iPod touch 2nd generation iOS 5
    John4867 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Let's be honest here we are all missing the point, 1st & 2nd generation is now basically obsolete after only a couple of years. So there is no point buying any apple product because they are not cheap and after a year or two they don't recognise them any more.so 3rd & 4th generation........ BYE VERY SOON!