Reports of a new iPad mini 5 and a 10-inch iPad surfaced late last week when Apple's filings in the Eurasian Economic Commission were discovered.
Now a report seems to corroborate this speculation, even mentioning that another Apple device might also be in the works.
iOS 12.2 Codes Hint At New Apple Devices
Spotted by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, as cited by MacRumors, the latest iOS update carries some clues on new iPads and a long-overdue 7th-gen iPod Touch.
iOS 12.2 Beta codes listed the iPad models as "iPad 11,1" "iPad 11,2," "iPad 11,3," and "iPad 11,4." Two of these are Wi-Fi only versions, while the other two are cellular models. According to Troughton-Smith, these iPads could be the rumored 9.7-inch iPads and its mini version. He also added that these iPads might not include Face ID and will possibly still rely on the usual Touch ID.
In theory, iOS 12.2 references four new iPads in WiFi & Cellular variants (perhaps mini, and 9.7"?), all without Face ID, and a (seventh-gen?) iPod touch with no Touch ID nor Face ID pic.twitter.com/xiJN6kmmTe — Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) January 25, 2019
Meanwhile, the code that possibly points to a new iPod Touch is listed as "iPod 9,1." This code most likely refers to the next generation iPod Touch, as this was not previously used in earlier versions of the device.
Recently, the Cupertino company made two filings at the EEC. These contain two devices that will run on iOS 12. One filing listed five devices: A2123, A2124, A2126, A2153, and A2154. The other has two: A2133 and A2152.
According to reports, these could be variants of the rumored iPad mini 5 and two larger iPads with 10-inch displays targeted toward the budget-conscious market. No further information on the devices were mentioned in the listing, though.
This is in line with the predictions made last year by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to the forecast, Apple could release the iPad mini 5 early this year, while the entry-level iPad could follow this schedule as well.