Apple is preparing to introduce touch-screen controlled iPods by the end of the year, according to manufacturers in Taiwan.

The latest DigiTimes report claims Apple has ordered a batch of touch-screens for future iPods from Taiwanese firm, Wintek. The latter firm declined to comment on the report.

"Apple is set to launch a next-generation iPod video in August with the new products featuring a touch screen panel similar to the iPhone," the report claims.

Apple seems to be arranging touch-screen component deals with a number of manufacturers. DigiTimes explains that it has a similar deal set-up with Balda, another manufacturer of such screens.

Analysts and industry watchers have been predicting Apple plans to introduce iPods that exploit the multi-touch technology introduced within the iPhone as part of its next revamp of its industry-leading product.

Apple has a policy of not commenting on rumour or speculation.