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Apple reveals larger iPod Touch alongside new Nano

Apple today unveiled a revamped iPod touch and iPod Nano lineup.

Both devices will include Apple's new 8-pin dock connector, which the Cupertino firm has dubbed Lightning.

Pre-orders for the new iPod touch - which will come in pink, yellow, blue, white and silver, black, and slate - begin 14 September and it will be available in stores starting in October. The 32GB model will be £249 while the 64GB version will set you back £329.

The existing black and white, fourth-generation iPod touch will still be available: £169 for the 16GB and £199 for the 32GB.

The new iPod nano will also be available in October and will cost £129 for the 16GB version.

A 2GB iPod shuffle will sell for £40 in pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, red and silver.

The updated iPod touch looks like much like the new iPhone 5 that also made its debut today - which means the gadget now includes a 4in screen. It comes in at 6mm thin and 88g, the thinnest and lightest iPod touch yet.

There's a 5-megapixel camera with backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, auto-focus, LED flash, and a sapphire crystal lens cover. Panorama is also included.

It will run the A5 processor, the first time the device has included a dual-core chip. Apple said the upgrade will double the performance and increase graphics performance by 7x.

Apple promised 40 hours of music playback in the new iPod touch, and eight hours of video playback.

New iPod Nano

The seventh-generation iPod nano features a 2.5in touch display, which Apple said is the biggest screen ever to be featured on a nano. It comes in at 5mm thin and is almost 40 per cent thinner than its predecessor. There's also a redesigned home screen and a new hardware home button.

The nano will come in seven colors - white, black, purple, green, blue, yellow, and red - all of which will have color-matched wallpaper.

An integrated FM tuner includes a live pause option, allowing you to pause FM radio or go back and listen again. Apple is also bringing video back to the nano, and will build a pedometer right into the device, allowing for Nike+ integration out of the box.

Apple will also integrate Bluetooth into the iPod nano for the first time so you can wirelessly stream your music collection.

Apple promised 30 hours of music playback.

Apple's iPod lineup last got a hardware refresh in 2010. Apple added a front-facing camera and FaceTime to the iPod touch. It also added a rear-facing camera with HD video recording, the retina display currently available on the iPhone 4, the Apple A4 chip, and 3-axis gyro for better gaming.

Apple also added multi-touch to the new iPod nano, a clip for easy portability, a hard volume button, voice over, FM radio, and support for 29 languages.

In 2011, the upgrades were on the software side. The bump from iOS 4 to iOS 5 brought with it iMessage, iCloud, notifications, and Game Center enhancements, among other things.