New clues found in the code of the just recently launched iOS 12.2 beta seem to back up rumors that Apple is dealing with new iPad and iPad mini designs, and also recommend that they will do not have the business’s Face ID 3D face recognition innovation that is utilized on its existing high-end iPhone and iPad Pro models. Face ID is pricey to execute, and the new iPads are rumored to be marketed as economical designs using economical display screen panels. In addition to these new tablets, a rejuvenated iPod design is also anticipated to launch at the exact same time, featuring neither Face ID nor a Touch ID fingerprint sensing unit.
The clues in the iOS 12.2 beta were found by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who posted a screenshot to Twitter showing referrals to 2 new iPad models, both with cellular and Wi-Fi-only variations. The purported models, codenamed iPad11,1, iPad11,2, iPad 11,3 and iPad 11,4 might refer to the brand-new mainstream iPad and iPad mini designs, though this is not verified.
Six brand-new filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission have also appeared, matching Apple’s iPad numbering scheme. As reported by MySmartPrice, these are A2123, A2124, A2133, A2152, A2153 and A2154. The timing of the filing shows that a launch could be coming quickly.
Rumors of the approaching new tablets, which might be released in early 2019, appeared in China in mid-December, following a report by noted Apple supply chain expert Ming-Chi Kuo as early as October 2018. Local trade publication Digitimes also reported less than two weeks ago that LCD panel suppliers were getting ready for the launch, which would lend credence to the recommended Spring 2019 timeframe.
The current iPad mini 4 was launched in September 2015, but Apple has continued selling it rather than discontinuing it. The expected design must have a lot more contemporary processor and much better storage choices. The supposed iPad mini 5 might likewise include a vertically arranged dual-camera module, according to previous rumours. It is possible that Apple will present assistance for the Apple Pencil, as it made with the mainstream iPad last year.
The December report from China suggests that the brand-new 2019 iPad will have a screen bigger than the 9.7-inch panel that has actually been the hallmark of Apple’s mainstream designs up until now. It might likewise have narrower borders, possibly similar to the previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Without Any Face ID and even Touch ID, the rumored new iPod design could also be an extremely small refresh of the existing sixth-gen iPod touch, which was launched in July 2015. It could have a brand-new processor and more storage alternatives, but there are no indications yet of even its screen size.
Apple might likewise lastly release its massively postponed AirPower cordless charging mat and present refreshed AirPods with hands-free Siri gain access to and water resistance at the Spring 2019 occasion.