It’s been several years since Apple updated iPad Mini or iPod Touch devices, but that may change soon. Over the past few months, we’ve heard rumors of a new iPad Mini for 2019, while the news of a new iPod Touch comes as a surprise to many. It looks like both are in the works though, as the latest beta of iOS 12.2 includes mentions of unannounced devices.
Steve troughton smith, a developer known for discovering upcoming devices and features in Apple software, was the first to see the benchmarks for new iPad and iPod Touch models in the new beta of iOS 12.2. The software mentions “iPad11.1”, “iPad11.2”, “iPad11.3” and “iPad11.4”, representing both WiFi and cellular models.
Also referenced is an “iPod9,1”, potentially a seventh generation model of the aging music player. Interestingly, there is no mention of the iPod supporting Touch ID or Face ID, while the newer iPads have no indication of including Face ID.
Assuming all of this information is correct, it confirms recent reports that Apple is planning to release a fifth-generation iPad Mini and an updated 9.7-inch standard iPad model. The lack of Face ID likely means these tablets will only get refreshed internals and not full redesigns, as they’ll be marketed as cheaper, lower-end models inferior to recent iPad Pros.
The iPod Touch that Apple is now selling was first introduced in 2015 and has 32GB of storage without Touch ID. As the new model would not include any form of biometric security, it is likely that it will also be a minor refresh rather than a complete overhaul.