New iPhone and iPad models have appeared in India.
As 91 Mobiles reported, Apple imported an unreleased iPhone and two unreleased iPad models into the country for “testing purposes.” The company is rumored to be announcing a new iPhone SE, iPad Air, and budget iPad in the spring, so it’s likely that those models were the ones that were brought into the country.
According to the report, the iPhone SE has been imported to India under three model numbers, indicating that it will most likely be available in three storage configurations. Both the iPad Air and the budget iPad have two model numbers, which should also correspond to two storage options.
The next budget iPhone model has been imported as model numbers A2595, A2783, and A2784 for testing purposes. It is said to cost around $300 (~Rs 23,000). Although our sources did not mention the exact commercial name of the handset, we can safely assume that it will be the iPhone SE 3.
Going back to the information we have received, sources tell us that in addition to iPhones, two new iPads have also been imported. The first – with model numbers A2588 and A2589 – could be the rumored iPad Air refresh. It carries a price tag of $500-700 (so ~Rs 37,500-52,300).
Then there is the budget and cheaper iPad, priced at around $300 (~Rs 22,500) which has been imported to India for testing. This budget iPad has model numbers A2757 and A2761.
Today’s report aligns with other reports from analysts like Mark Gurman who also highlighted the announcement of an iPhone SE and iPad Air at an event in the spring. The event is expected to kick off virtually in March or April.
The new iPhone SE is not expected to feature any design changes this year, but to switch to 5G connectivity. The changes to the iPad are even less clear, but many are hoping for features like 5G and Center Stage to come to the iPad Air.