Apparently, it seems like Apple would soon launch a new iPad mini 5 in the first half on 2019. Along with this, Apple would also launch an updated entry level iPad. This was noted when Apple registered new iPad models in the Russian certification agency – Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Read on to know more.
Apple iPad Models and the EEC Certification –
The filing was done on the 25th of January, 2019 and was first noted by mysmartprice. The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has certified seven unannounced iPad models running on iOS 12. These include A2123, A2124, A2126, A2153, A2154, A2133, and A2152. It is possible that some of these could be variants of the rumored iPad Mini 5 and two entry-level iPads with a 10-inch display.
As you can see in the screenshot below, the EEC listings do not reveal any other information regarding the certified iPad models. Also, the filings don’t say what those devices will look like, unfortunately. It’s unclear if Apple is going to reduce the bezels of those devices, add a Face ID sensor or switch to USB-C.
Some other sources claim Apple will be launching the new iPad Mini model alongside two affordable iPad models with a 10-inch display. The two “low-cost” iPad models with a 10-inch display are expected to feature narrower bezels compared to the 9.7-inch iPad.
However, you should not expect to see Face ID on any of the three upcoming iPads. They are all likely to feature Touch ID instead. Under the hood, the upcoming 10-inch iPads may run on the A11 Bionic chipset and not the newer A12X that is found in the newest iPad Pro models. The smaller iPad Mini 5, on the other hand, is more likely to be powered by an A10 chipset instead.
More Insight –
The Filing –
There are two different filings that both mention new tablets that run iOS 12.
Filing #1 – The first filing mentions five different models.
Filing #2 – The second one mentions two different models.
Usually, each configuration gets a different model number depending on storage and LTE capabilities.
It lines up with previous rumors that mentioned a new iPad mini and a new cheap iPad for early 2019. Ming-Chi Kuo expects an updated iPad mini with a 7.9-inch display. The device hasn’t been updated for years and many believed that Apple would stop updating it. But if you still like that form factor, Apple may have something new for you.
When it comes to the normal-size iPad, Apple last updated the 9.7-inch iPad in March 2018. While all eyes are on the iPad Pro, many people are still looking for the cheapest iPad they can get. And the $329 9.7-inch iPad is a good deal. Apple usually updates that model every year.