New iPad models reportedly being tested closer to launch

The arrival of the rumored iPad Air 5 seems more likely than ever, as it looks like Apple has imported two unreleased iPad models to India ahead of its next Apple event this spring. This is according to a new report from 91mobiles (opens in a new tab)which revealed that the devices had been shipped “for testing purposes”.

It’s likely that one of the unreleased tablets was the updated entry-level iPad (also known as iPad 10), while the other model could be the A15-powered iPad Air 5. The report also claims that the company has imported a new budget iPhone (possibly the rumored iPhone SE 3).

The source also refers to model numbers A2588 and A2589 which could be those of the new iPad Air. According to the report, the next generation of iPad Air could have an estimated price between $500 and $700. Meanwhile, the cheaper entry-level iPad (with model numbers A2757 and A2761) could cost around $300.

And regarding the rumored iPhone SE 3, the report claims that the budget phone could cost around $300. Model numbers for imported and unreleased iPhones are: A2595, A2783, and A2784. However, this new iPhone SE price doesn’t seem accurate, as the current model costs $399. There’s no way Apple is adding supposed features like 5G while lowering the price so much.

All of the aforementioned devices are expected to launch between March and April, which covers the potential window for the next Apple event.

Based on the rumors and leaks we’ve spotted over the past few months, the next-generation iPad Air might pack a handful of exciting upgrades. Apple’s next mid-range iPad could be powered by the A15 Bionic chip, which is currently seen in the iPhone 13 lineup. There’s also room for 5G connectivity and an improved camera system.

At this point, we would treat the above information with a grain of salt, because until there is an official announcement from Apple, nothing is concrete. However, the report gives us hope that we might finally see an updated iPad Air. After all, the current model was released almost two years ago.

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