Apple Registers New iPad Models and “Bluetooth Device” in China

At the end of September, Apple registered new iPad models and a new Bluetooth device with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which points to an imminent release of new iPad Pro models. and maybe a new Apple Pencil.

According to MySmartPrice, Apple has registered iPad model numbers A1876, A1980, and A1993 which match previous iPad registrations that we saw Apple file in July with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The exception is A1993, which was not seen in a previous filing.

IPad Pro mockup by lvaro Pabesio

The new model numbers do not match any existing devices and likely represent previously unreleased iPad Pro models. In July, Apple also registered the A1934, A1979, A2013, A2014 and A1985 with the ECC, representing new models of iPad Pro for sale in countries such as Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

The fact that Apple is registering previously spotted iPad models in a new country suggests that a release could be imminent. With both new iPad models and new Macs on the horizon, we expect Apple to host an event in October, which could perhaps take place in the last week of the month depending on the iPhone XR release date and what we know about Apple’s past. events.

Rumors have suggested that new iPad Pro models could be sold alongside a second-generation Apple Pencil with AirPods-style contactless pairing, and there is an unknown Bluetooth device in the MIIT folder.

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The Bluetooth device, listed as a “Bluetooth device”, has the model number A2051, with no additional information available. It’s unclear what it is, but it could well be a new Apple Pencil based on the rumors we’ve heard.

Apple is expected to introduce new iPad Pro models in sizes similar to 10.5 and 12.9 inches, with larger screens featuring thinner bezels and no home button. All new iPad Pro models are expected to adopt Face ID and a TrueDepth camera system along with improved processors, better camera capabilities, and maybe a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port.

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