May 31

Apple has just made a quiet update to its iPod touch lineup, launching a new 16 GB fifth-generation model without a rear camera for $229. The new iPod touch is only available with a black front and silver back and replaces the fourth-generation iPod touch. The new model can be found in the Apple Store here for $229 and should be available in Apple Retail Stores within the next couple of days.

The fifth-generation iPod touch that was introduced last September included a 4-inch Retina display just like the iPhone 5 and came with a number of other enhancements. Because of this the fifth-generation iPod Touch entry-level is $299 for a 32 GB model. Luckely for people that don’t want to pay $299 for the fifth-generation, Apple continued to offer the fourth-generation models at cheaper $199 (16 GB) and $249 (32 GB).

Now Apple replaced the fourth-generation iPod Touch with a stripped-down fifth-generation model at pricing close to that previously offered for the fourth-generation models. This “stripped-down” iPod Touch is $70 less because it does not come with the rear camera, the “Loop” wrist strap and is only available in a 16GB version.

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