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We're still disappointed Apple didn't roll out its touchscreen iPod last week, and so we're doubly interested in any rumors having to do with the unpredictable release of the phantom product. Now tongues are wagging at Think Secret that the touchscreen trinket might find its way to the market before this Christmas. An unconfirmed source says Apple is "committing significant sources to completing the final spec," and that it may enter manufacturing by late October. Could happen; seems like that $349 price point for the 80GB iPod leaves room at the top for a flagship.

That got us to thinking about how many times we've mentioned this nonexistent touchscreen product, and we realized that our own secret source told us the touchscreen iPod would be available this November. Wasn't it just a week ago when we thought we saw a video iPod on the banner for the Showtime event? Are we frickin' seeing things? When we heard early rumblings about the touchscreen iPod, not long after we found patent documentation that added credence to the rumors. But then the rumor mill had it on-again, off-again.

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There's even more, but enough already, you get the idea. Let's get off the roller coaster‚ÄĒsomebody show us some real pictures. Until then, that pretty-cool fake graphic above will just have to do.

Touch-screen iPod in time for Christmas? [ThinkSecret]

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