Apple has experimented a lot with the iPad line over the years, culminating in the new design and powerful internals on the 2018 Pro model pair – iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) and iPad Pro 11. However, Apple’s official store offers still the old iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) as well as the iPad 9.7 (2018), with a slightly older chipset and a lower price. Oddly again, there is also an iPad Mini 4 still on sale and official circulation, dating from 2015, with even older internals.
Now, according to a few references, discovered by a known iOS tinkerer in Apple’s latest iOS 12.2 release, there could be at least a pair of new iPads on the horizon. The references in question describe a total of four new iPads – two Wi-Fi-only and two cellular variants, which suggests to many that this is a refresh of the regular 9.7-inch model and a somewhat surprising iPad mini 5.
In theory, iOS 12.2 refers to four new iPads in WiFi and cellular variants (maybe mini and 9.7 “?), All without Face ID, and an iPod touch (seventh generation?) Without Touch ID or Face ID. pic.twitter.com/xiJN6kmmTe
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) 25 january 2019
It all ties together pretty well with at least a few previous leaks. One mentioned both an iPad mini 5, as well as a new “regular” 9.7-inch variant, now with a slightly larger 10-inch screen and slimmed down bezels.
The iOS leak continues to give away with another mention of a future Apple device – an iPod Touch, of all things. Steve also couldn’t find any reference to Touch ID or Face ID for said device.