Nine new iPad models listed in the EEC regulatory database


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The Eurasian Economic Commission has added nine iPad models to its regulatory database, most likely variants of the announced 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Just before pre-orders opened for Apple’s latest 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, nine variants were listed in a regulatory database. Model numbers A2377, A2378, A2567, A2588, A2602, A2568, A2569, A2589 and A2604 are now on ECE records.

Any of these model numbers are unlikely to represent unannounced iPads. Given the nature of the regulatory database, it is more certain that each distinct model number represents a configuration of the iPad Pro being advertised.

Oddly, however, the EEC database has divided the model numbers into two sections – with five variations in one, four in the other. It’s likely that each section represents an overall model, the 11in or 12.9in, and each variant is for Wi-Fi only or LTE, as well as different storage capacities.

It’s not clear, however, why one model would have fewer variations than the other. None of the entries contain details beyond (translated) “Apple tablet models” and a note that they run “iPadOS software version 14”.

All Apple devices must be listed in the EEC database before they can be published. It is unusual for them to appear so close to an exit, and after they have been announced.

Apple’s long-delisted AirPort Express models are also newly listed. It is not immediately clear why they were submitted to the EEC, but it may be related to a potential software update that may slightly alter radio frequency performance.

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