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iPod Touch 4G Specs, Ship Date Leaked?

Facetime video calling and 5 megapixel camera said to be among the new features included in the product.

A UK tech blog claims to have acquired some highly specific details about Apple's fourth-generation iPod Touch.

Bloggers at Electric Pig said their information comes from an internal slide presentation designed to help staffers at British retailer John Lewis tout the new product.

The presentation is titled, "Apple iPod Refresh in September"—an indication that the device may be on store shelves in time for the crucial back-to-school shopping season.

According to the slides, the new iPod Touch will feature a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot HD-quality video.

It will also include built-in integration with social networking sites like Facebook, and an accelerometer and gyroscope that could be used by location-based apps. The slide called that, "A significant development in developing the gaming credentials of the product."

To boot, it will add Wi-Fi video calling through the Facetime feature that Apple debuted on iPhone 4. As Electric Pig bloggers point out, Facetime implies the presence of a front-facing camera. The iPod 4 is "likely to be sold as a multimedia device targeted at youth/kids," according to the John Lewis slide presentation.

Apple has not confirmed the authenticity of the slide or its contents.

The company in the past has taken a hard line with bloggers that prematurely released details of its forthcoming products. For instance, it recently filed a police complaint against Gizmodo, after an editor at the popular tech blog posted details about the iPhone 4 before it was released.

Gizmodo said it acquired the prototype after it was supposedly left in a bar by an Apple engineer.

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