iPod Touch Supporting iOS 8 Firmware
After the release of iOS 8 software for Apple devices, many of us have this question in our mind: is iOS 8 compatible with iPod Touch?
The answer is yes, but you should know that only “one” model of iPod Touch can run iOS 8. Rest of the devices will never enjoy Apple’s latest firmware.
Can you guess which is that lucky iPod touch model?
It’s the iPod Touch 5th generation that supports iOS 8 firmware. Other iPods will have to live with the old firmware.
We captured this picture from the Apple’s website. As you can see, we have only one iPod Touch that gets to install iOS 8 software.
If you have this model, which was launched in September 2013, then you can go ahead and download or install iOS 8 within few minutes.
What if you don’t have the new iPod Touch? Can you just download the IPSW file of iOS 8 on your Windows or Mac computer and install through iTunes?
The answer is no.
Every firmware, before going through the installation procedure, will be verified. Only when the verification step is confirmed, iPod Touch users can upgrade from older firmware to the newer one. For the sake of writing this article, we tried seeing if iOS 8 works on our old iPod Touch 3rd generation and we were left with errors.
Same was the case with iPod Touch 4th generation. Apple hasn’t officially released iOS 8 version for iPod Touches below the 4th generation. The range of iPod Touch models that are incompatible with iOS 8 are:
- iPod Touch 1st generation
- iPod Touch 2nd generation
- iPod Touch 3rd generation
- iPod Touch 4th generation
Oh, and it doesn’t matter which model you have — 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB iPod Touch — as long as you have the 5th generation, you should be able to get iOS 8 up and running smoothly.
Note that some of the apps and games may not work, or they freeze unexpectedly. This is simply because developers haven’t optimized those apps and games for iOS 8. If you facing this problem, you have to wait for the updated version.