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Apple Plans New iPod Touch, Nano

Reports suggest iPod touch may get a front-facing camera, while iPod nano is in line for downsizing.

Apple is scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday at which it's expected to show off the latest additions to its iPod franchise.

The event is set for September 1 at the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, in San Francisco. It's the same venue Apple used to introduce the iPad earlier this year. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is expected to deliver the keynote and unveil new products.

Though Apple, infamous for its secrecy, is mum on details, analysts believe the new iPod touch will feature dual cameras—one rear facing and one that's forward facing. A front-facing camera would allow users to use Apple's FaceTime video conferencing app on the iPod touch.

The new device also could offer greater storage capacity. The largest flash drive available currently for iPod touch is 64GB, on the model that sells for $399.

As for iPod nano, numerous reports indicate Apple is planning to scale down the device to about the size of the current iPod shuffle, while adding touch-screen capabilities akin to iPod touch. Some Asian suppliers have reportedly already begun offering accessories that meet the new, smaller specifications.

Though the iPod dominates the MP3 music player market, sales have tapered off of late.

Unit sales slid 7.7% year-over-year, to 9.41 million, in the second quarter, according to Apple. The company is hoping the introduction of new models will reinvigorate the franchise, which has taken a backseat of late to buzzworthy launches like the iPad and iPhone 4.

Apple shares were up 1.5%, to $245.25, in early trading Monday.

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