Has Apple 'leaked' a picture of its new iPod?

Images of a slimmed-down version of the popular music player appeared on an update of the company's iTunes software

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Fans of Apple products have been excited to see images of what appears to be a new iPod featured on an update to the iTunes software.

An image of three new iPod models appeared on iTunes 12.2, the update to Apple's music software, released last week, prompting speculation that the company intends to release new iPods later this year.

Tech-watchers have speculated that the product was to be discontinued, pointing to the fact Apple previously hid the iPod tab on its website.

But the new images suggest the popular portable device is simply being slimmed down and souped-up.

There is speculation the new models will be released in September, alongside the expected release of the iPhone 6S.

The iPod was first released in 2001.