Apple is now taking pre-orders for the latest iPod touch. The iPod touch 5th generation will ship in October, but if you visit the Apple Store website today you can reserve a 32GB model for $299 or a 64GB model for $399.
The new iPod touch features a 4 inch, 1136 x 640 pixel display, an Apple A5 processor, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a front-facing 1.2MP camera which can shoot 720p video for HD video chat or recordings.
In a nutshell, it’s an iPhone 5, but with a thinner case, no cellular capabilities, and the same processor as the iPhone 4.
That makes the 5th generation iPod touch a pretty powerful media player and portable gaming device. It’d also be a pretty good eReader, or addition to a home entertainment system — it supports AirPlay mirroring, which lets you stream games, videos, and other content to an Apple TV.
The $299 starting price might seem pretty steep, but if you don’t need the faster processor, bigger display, extra storage, or improved camera you can still pick up a 4th generation iPod touch.
In fact, Apple has discontinued the 8GB model and dropped the price of a 16GB iPod touch 4th gen to $199.
Meanwhile, pre-orders for the iPhone 5 also started today. Apple’s latest smartphone starts at $199 when you sign up for a wireless contract.
There’s no contract-free option available at the moment, but TechCrunch reports that prices will start at $649 for a 16GB iPhone 5 if you don’t sign up for a wireless plan.
The company is already sold out of its first shipment, but you can still place an order. Your new phone just won’t arrive for a few weeks.