4 new iPad models revealed in iOS 12.2 beta code (and a new iPod Touch!)

The code for the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, the iOS 12.2 beta, contains clues hinting at four new iPad models and a long-awaited upgrade for the iPod Touch.

The discovery was made by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who shared his findings on Twitter.

In theory, iOS 12.2 references four new iPad WiFi & Cellular variants (maybe mini and 9.7-inch?), all without Face ID, and an iPod touch (seventh generation?) without Touch ID or Face ID pic.twitter.com/xiJN6kmmTe

—Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) January 25, 2019

The iPad designations, “iPad 11.1”, “iPad 11.2″, iPad 11.3” and “iPad 11.4”, refer to Wi-Fi and cellular models, Troughton-Smith guessed, but without Face This suggests that Apple won’t integrate its facial recognition technology on new iPads, with tablets expected to continue to rely on the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system for user authentication.

If the hint turns out to be real, it will support recent rumors that Apple plans to release a fifth-generation iPad Mini and an updated standard 9.7-inch iPad soon. The absence of Face ID would mean that the tablets would only receive internal upgrades and not complete redesigns, as they could not be frameless with Touch ID in place. The new iPad models will be marketed as cheaper alternatives to Apple’s iPad Pro line.

There is a previous report that the new iPad coming this year will feature a new bezel-less design. However, given its expected lower price compared to the iPad Pro, Apple should still integrate Touch ID into the tablet, compared to the more expensive Face ID.

The reference to the iPod Touch in the iOS 12.2 beta code as “iPod9.1”, meanwhile, may be more exciting for fans of the media device.

Few expect Apple to roll out an update for the iPod Touch, as the device’s popularity has plummeted over the years as its features have become redundant with iPhones. However, it remains very popular in a niche of users who prefer a dedicated music device with the iPod Touch over an all-in-one device like the iPhone.

The sixth-generation iPod Touch launched in 2015 with 32GB of storage and no Touch ID, and Apple still sells it for $199. iOS 12.2 beta code suggests that the seventh-generation iPod Touch will have neither Touch ID nor Face ID, which means the new device will also be released with internal upgrades and not a complete redesign.

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