Apple’s First iPod touch with 4-Inch Touchscreen Begins Shipping

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Staying true to its vague “October” release promise, Apple has begun shipping the new iPod touch, with preorder customers receiving shipping notification emails for the 4-inch handheld.

Apple iPod touchBrighthand‘s own Jen Edwards confirmed the news, tweeting that her sixth-generation media player has shipped and will arrive by Monday, October 15. While preorders for Apple’s latest touchscreen-equipped iPod offering began last month, the company remained coy on when the device would actually ship, simply saying sometime this month.

Despite customers reporting email confirmations of the music player’s shipment, Apple’s online store still lacks a specific shipping date, offering the same ambiguous October estimate.

As always, this latest version of the iPod touch sports a similar design to that of the current iPhone model, with a 1136 x 640 resolution touchscreen and a thinner-than-ever build. Thanks to an Apple A5 dual-core processor, the new iPod will be faster than its predecessor and will be enabled with Siri, the company’s voice-recognition program.

The handheld will depend on Wi-Fi as usual for an Internet connection, as it lacks the cellular-wireless capabilities of a smartphone. Shipping with iOS 6, the iPod is available in a range of colors and will offer music-loving users 40 hours of music playback, according to Apple.

The iPod touch currently retails for $300 and $400 for the 32GB and 64GB models, respectively, and comes bundled with a set of Apple?s newly-redesigned earbuds.

Stay tuned for a closer look at the latest iPod touch, with a full review of the device coming soon!

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