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Apple now shipping new iPod Touch

The fifth-generation Touch is starting to ship today, according to an Apple notice received by a writer at Gigaom.

The new iPod Touch.
The new iPod Touch.

Those of you who ordered Apple's new iPod Touch may soon see one at your doorstep.

Apple seems to have just started shipping the latest iPod Touch to buyers today. A notice received by a Gigaom writer in Pennsylvania cited October 9 as the ship date from China and October 15 as the estimated delivery date.

The new iPod Touch was unveiled last month at Apple's iPhone 5 launch event. But the company never revealed a specific availability date for the Touch as it did for the new iPhone. Apple's online store still lists October as the "available to ship" date. The new iPod Nano also points to October as its time frame for shipping.

CNET contacted Apple for comment and will update the story if the company responds.

Apple has also just released a user guide for the new iPod Touch. Available for free through iTunes, the 138-page e-book covers all of the device's features and services with iOS 6 at the helm.

The iPod Touch 5G is closer than ever to the iPhone in several ways.

Like the iPhone 5, the new Touch sports a 4-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. A 5-megapixel camera rests on the back, offering better photos in low-light conditions. The front-facing camera can handle FaceTime HD at a resolution of 720 pixels. Voice assistant Siri is also part of the package.

Unlike the iPhone, the iPod Touch is available in six colors. The iPod Touch 5G costs $299 for the 32GB version and $399 for the 64GB version.

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