10/08/2012 10:53 am ET Updated Oct 08, 2012

New iPod Touch Release Date Slated For Late October: Report

Just a few weeks after the release of Apple's iPhone 5, word is spreading that the fifth generation of the iPod Touch is already on its way.

The new iPod Touch release date is slated for late October, according to Slash Gear.

When the iPod Touch announcement was made during Apple's iPhone 5 launch, the only information given about the iPod was that it would be released in October. Slash Gear reported that Australian users are now seeing a ship date of three weeks on Apple‘s website. The new iPod Nano reportedly has the same release date as the iPod Touch.

Pre-order is currently available through the U.S. online store, but the ship date is simply stated as "October."

The new iPods are in scant supply, CNET reported Friday, via a report from Japanese Apple blog Macotakara. Shipments of the new iPod Touch are due in Japan next Tuesday, and there are "considerably few numbers of the initial shipment."

On Friday, MacRumors reported that early pre-orders of the Touch had moved to "Preparing for Shipment." One customer even reported that his credit card had been charged.

In Australia the expected delivery date is Oct. 29, while in New Zealand the release date is slated for Nov. 2, according to MacRumors.

At the September reveal, the tech giant announced a variety of upgrades to both its iPod Touch and iPod Nano.

The iPod Touch comes in six different colors and is available in 32GB or 64GB for $299 and $399, respectively. Upgrades include digital assistant Siri added to the iPod Touch, along with AirPlay. The new Touch is focused on gaming, according to the Washington Post. Gaming is “a market that Apple has been steadily siphoning from handheld video game makers Nintendo and Sony.”

The new iPod Touch has a larger screen but is slimmer, with a 6.1 mm thickness. It features an A5 processor and a camera that can shoot full 1080p HD video.

The new iPod Nano, priced at $149 with 16GB capacity, is "definitely not the same as the old Nano," according to TechCrunch. It is the thinnest iPod at 5.4 mm, made of mostly glass and aluminum.