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The fifth-generation iPod touch was announced alongside the iPhone 5 at the September 12th media event in San Francisco, but while Tim Cook proudly proclaimed that the new smartphone would begin shipping just over a week later, there was no such news about the rather colorful new iPod touch range. Rather than lavish us with all of the necessary launch details for the new iPod touch, Apple deemed it acceptable to give a vague October deadline instead of a proper date.

If today’s report is anything to go by then it looks like the online Australian Apple Store has temporarily jumped the gun and listed one of the higher spec new iPod touch models as shipping out to customers in three weeks time. Although the listing has now been removed, a number of outlets are claiming that the momentary mishap showed the 32GB (PRODUCT) RED iPod touch for sale with a three week shipping estimate. All other territory stores still showed the same October estimation as we have gotten used to over the last few weeks.

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We don’t know yet if any Australian Apple fan managed to get as far as attempting to place an order, but with the new iPod touch set to be announced during this calendar month, it isn’t like we all have a very long time to wait to get our hands on the new colorful device.

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With sales of the iPod touch slumping in recent years as more customers let their iPhones and other smartphones handle their personal media needs, the company is obviously looking for a way to refresh the lineup and make it more appealing to consumers. Those who opt for the new iPod touch will benefit from the 4-inch Retina display that has proved so popular on the iPhone 5 as well a 5-megapixel rear camera and the introduction of a new little gizmo on the rear of the device that allows a lanyard to be clipped on without any hassle. It may be time to keep those eyes firmly fixed on the Apple online store as it’s only a matter of time until the switch is flipped and the fifth-generation iPod touch becomes available.

(via CultOfMac)

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