Apple has today filed for five new iPad model identifiers with the Eurasian Economic Commission.
These devices are registered as running iPadOS 13, which means Apple is intending to release the products in the fall alongside the final versions of iPadOS software.
The new models were first seen by MySmartPrice. 9to5Mac has confirmed the entries have appeared in the database within the last few hours.
The new model numbers are A2197, A2228, A2068, A2198, and A2230.
Obviously, Apple already released a new iPad mini and 10.5-inch iPad Air this year.
That leaves the iPad Pro and successor to the entry-level $329 iPad as candidates for an update. We are expecting the 9.7-inch iPad to be replaced by a new 10.2-inch model at some point soon.
A Chinese supply chain media report earlier this week indicated that the 10.2-inch iPad was entering mass production later in July.
As the iPad Pro received such a drastic redesign with the 2018 revision, we would expect a small spec bump update — if anything at all. At one point, there were vague rumblings that Apple would skip the holiday season and release new iPads in spring 2020 featuring 5G mobile data connectivity.
The fact that these filings are already showing up suggests a launch within the next few months, although it’s possible that these five model identifiers merely represent multiple variations of the 10.2-inch iPad (storage size, WiFi only, WiFi+cellular SKUs).
The Eurasian Commission database has served as a nice sneak peek on many Apple hardware launches in recent years. The aforementioned 2019 iPad mini and iPad Air were spotted in the database in January, two months before their (otherwise surprise) release. Model identifiers for what we believe represent the configurations of iPhone 11 showed up in May.
iPadOS will be available in the fall, like all of Apple’s major software platform updates. iPadOS brings new multitasking capabilities, significant updates to the Files app, a tweaked home screen with pinned widgets column, a redesigned Markup interface, support for macOS Catalina’s Sidecar second display feature, new text editing features and more.
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