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Apple has today begun shipping its new, fifth-generation iPod touch. The device was announced alongside the iPhone 5 on September 12, and the first orders are expected to arrive on October 15 — more than a month after they first went on sale.

Like the iPhone 5, the new iPod touch boasts a larger 4-inch display, with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. It also features a dual-core A5 processor and 512MB of RAM, which provide speeds comparable to those offered by the iPhone 4S. This is the first iPod touch to come in a variety of colors, including green, red, pink, blue, silver, and black.

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Prices start at $299 for 32GB of storage, and rise to $399 for for 64GB of storage. Apple’s website still says that the devices will ship in “October,” and it’s yet to offer more specific estimates. It’s likely the Cupertino company will deal with the backlog of orders before updating that.

The reason the new iPod touch takes so long to arrive after shipping is that, like a lot of new Apple products, it’s going to be coming straight from China — hot off the factory floor. When you get your email to say it’s on its way, you’ll be able to track your device to your front door.

Has your new iPod touch begun shipping yet?

[Via: The Next Web]