Apple announces new iPod touch

Fifth generation of music player revealed

Apple announces new iPod touch  iPod nano and iTunes

Apple has announced the fifth generation iPod touch at its special event in San Francisio today, sporting a bigger screen and faster processor.

The new iPod touch features the same 4-inch, Retina display found on the new iPhone 5, but clocks in at a wafer thin 6.1mm and barely tips the scales at 88g.

It's the first iPod to rock a dual-core processor, with Apple sticking its A5 processor inside, and it offers up "7x faster" graphics, plus an improved 5MP i-Sight camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture.

Not just music

Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of iPod said: "It's the best iPod touch we've ever made" - and it's styled in a similar way to its predecessor, although the back isn't as rounded.

Joswiak continued: "It's the world's most popular music player... but a lot of people don't realize that it's also the world's most popular videogame player as well."

Yep Apple want you to play games on this baby, a lot of games, and with a touted battery life of 40 hours for music playback and 8 hours of video, it's got more juice than the fourth-gen player.

And if all that wasn't enough, you'll also be able to use Siri for the first time on the iPod touch, and yet another first – there's a choice of five colours; aluminium, black, blue, yellow and red.

The iPod touch release date is pegged for October, and it will be available in 32GB ($299) and 64GB ($399) variants.