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We're a couple of guys making games for iPod Touch and iPhone. I personally have an iPhone 4 with the retina display and I'll be using this as my main test device. I have an opportunity to purchase a cheap 2nd generation non-retina iPod Touch and was thinking that would be good to have as another test device. But is it worth the purchase?

There is still a huge amount of people on non-retina hand devices? Is a 2nd generation iPod Touch just too old to worry about and maybe I should look into getting a new generation?

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The iPhone 3GS is just as capable as the 4 (armv7, ogles2, latest iOS software) and there are a decent number of them out there. I don't think there's any way to prevent those devices from seeing your game in the store so unless you want the occassional bad review I'd try to support them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_iOS_devices

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+1. The main reason to support non-retina is clearly the iPhone 3GS. It's now being sold for cheap (or you get it free) with some mobile-plans. While the older iPods and iPhone 3G stopped at around iOS 4.2.1, the iPhone 3GS can still run the latest iOS version (5.1.1 as of now). –  bummzack May 10 '12 at 14:12
    
Yeah I forgot about the iOS version part of it as well. Added it to my answer. –  Tetrad May 10 '12 at 14:38
    
@Tetrad So really I should invest my money into getting a iPhone 3GS test machine? I was thinking of getting a newer (yet non-retina) iPod Touch, but that doesn't have the same power as a 3GS? So making tests for non-retina is definitely a good idea it seems, but should I get a newer non-retina iPod Touch or just get the iPhone 3GS for testing? –  littlejim84 May 11 '12 at 13:43
    
From everything I've seen the 3gs is more popular. –  Tetrad May 11 '12 at 14:02
    
Thanks. After your useful link on the List of IOS devices and your comments here, I do think you're right. I can't really afford not to support the iPhone/iPod Touch 3rd Generation. Thanks! –  littlejim84 May 18 '12 at 16:35
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