Apple is now live on stage at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in California, where Vice President of Worldwide iOS Product Marketing Greg Joswiak just announced the fifth-generation iPod touch.

Specs:

  • High-quality anodized aluminum
  • The lightest iPod touch—almost as thin as the Nano (Height: 4.86 inches, Width: 2.31 inches, Depth: 0.24 inch, and Weight: 3.10 ounces)
  • Same display as the iPhone 5: Retina display with 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch
  • A5 chip: dual-core processor, 2x faster CPU, and dual-core graphics
  • iOS 6 (Siri, Nike+ support built in, etc.) 
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery life increased: 40 hours of music, 8 hours of video
  • New iSight camera (with new Panorama mode)
  • New FaceTime HD camera, 720p video
  • iPhoto for the App Store
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • AirPlay mirroring
  • Five new colors (bonus sixth red color for AIDS awareness cause)!
  • The Loop (matching Touch colors)!
  • More specs available at Apple’s website.

“You may have noticed there’s a little circle on the bottom of the touch. We call it ‘The Loop’. You push the circle and it pops up a loop for a bracelet,” explained  Joswiak. “…The best iPods we’ve ever done.”

The new iPod touch will release in October starting at $299 for 32GB.

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