Apple has registered a couple of new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission or EEC, which could be a telltale sign that the rumored iPad mini 5 and 10-inch iPad are coming soon.
In the past, the commission based in Russia has revealed info on the Cupertino brand's products, meaning that these recent filings for "tablet computers" carries some weight.
As first spotted by MySmartPrice, Apple made two filings that involve new tablets running on iOS 12. In the first one, there are five model numbers: A2123, A2124, A2126, A2153, and A2154. In the second, there are two: A2133 and A2152.
They don't exactly reveal much about the devices, but they typically depend on their storage configurations and LTE connectivity. At any rate, filings such as these give a good idea of a company's release schedule, if nothing else.
Aligned With Rumors
As mentioned earlier, Apple is rumored to be working on a new iPad mini model and an entry-level iPad, and they're presumably the iPad mini 5 and a 10-inch iPad, respectively.
Back in October, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo already said that the iPad mini 5 with a 7.9-inch display could be unveiled sometime during early 2019. Furthermore, there have been reports that say a 10-inch iPad is in the works, and it could replace the 9.7-inch iPad, which was last refreshed in March 2018.
Apple is said to release these devices sometime in the first quarter of 2019, and going by the timing of the filings, it's possible that it'll launch these new iPad models sometime in March.
The expected release date isn't a stretch to believe either. The company did take the wraps off the $329 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support in the same month at a Chicago high school, after all. There's a good chance that it's going to unveil the new AirPods 2 then as well.