How to distinguish an iPod Touch 2G from an iPod Touch 3G

When Apple released the 3rd generation of iPod Touch, they didn’t really change anything physically from the 2nd generation. We expected a camera but all they did was upgrade the hardware inside and added voice control.

So how can you tell if somebody claims that they’re selling you a 3rd-gen iPod Touch? Here’s the easiest way.

Look at the engraving at the back. Observe:

iPod Touch 2G or 3G?

The 32GB badge of the iPod Touch 2G is slightly bigger than the 3G. Aside from that, it’s not really clear from the picture but there are 4 lines of text under the 32GB badge for the iPod Touch 2G whereas there are only 2 lines of text for the 3G.

If for example your friend won’t allow you to remove the casing so you can check the engraving, here’s the next best thing. General Settings.

About

It clearly says in the About section that the device is an iPod Touch 3G.

Well those are the two easiest way to know if an iPod Touch is 2G or 3G. There are a lot more differences between the two and they are exhaustively detailed here.

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11 Responses

  1. bryce says:

    yeah i have the 2 lines of text but when i got to setting i dont see anything that says ipod touch 3g-32gb i have a 8gb and the guy said it was the newest ipod touch will the newest firmware 3.1.2 or the one before that and it was 2 weeks before christmas

  2. kyle says:

    well my ipod says under setting>general>about … it only says kyles ipod npt 2g or 3g

  3. Danny says:

    Thats the name of his ipod, and it cant possibly be late 2009 that the 3G’s came out because my iPod was bought from the apple website for christmas and its 2G.

  4. rayond 201990 says:

    IF YOUR I POD HAS LITTLE LATTER ON THE BACK THAT SAYS “TM AND 2008 APPLE INC” ITS A 2ND GEN BECAUSE THE 2ND GEN CAME OUT IN 2008. THE 3RD GEN DO’SENT HAVE IT..

  5. irfdawgg says:

    @ Rayond 201990 thx buddy mines a 3g YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYY

  6. Chris says:

    you can also go to http://spiritjb.com/. click on the download link of your choice ( win, mac, linux). hook up your ipod to your computer. save or run spirit. and it will tell you its current version and generation works for finding the generation of any iOS device.

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