iPod Touch beats iPhone on speed according to game developer
Steve Jobs made quite a big thing about the iPod Touch being made for gaming, and while the casual observer may simply have assumed that the only difference between the Touch and the iPhone was the ability to make and receive phone calls, it seems there's a little more to it than that.
According to Touch Arcade, new games coming into the App Store that are pushing the limits of the handset hardware are showing the second-generation iPod Touch performs better than the iPhone 3G.
CEO of Handheld Games Corp, Thomas Fessler, has noted that TouchSports Tennis can be set to render more objects without causing performance issues on the second-gen Touch, whereas on the first generation Touch and some iPhones, it causes problems.
The iPod Touch processor runs at 532MHz compared to the other handsets which run at 412MHz.
The iPhone 3G seems to do reasonably well in second place, but the original iPhone and iPod Touch lag behind in overall performance.
It's not clear exactly what factors, other than the processor speed, are causing this performance difference, though it does provide a less obvious incentive to get the Touch if you're more bothered about mobile gaming than cellular communication.
We're already seeing applications that won't run on the first generation iPod Touch, and it probably won't be long before Apple boosts hardware performance in subsequent iPods and iPhones and allows software to be created that leaves second-generation owners out in the cold. That's nothing new in the desktop PC world, but is more unusual when it comes to mobile handsets.
(Via Touch Arcade)
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