In mid-March, mobile marketing company Fiksu spotted four new iPad IDs in its device data, hinting at the imminent release of new hardware.
We did indeed see a new, low-cost 9.7-inch iPad showcased via a press release on Tuesday, March 21, but it turns out that the credentials on the new 9.7-inch iPad don’t match the iPads that Fiksu saw, suggesting there might still be other iPad models slated for release in the not-so-distant future.
The identifier for the new iPad is “iPad6.11” and “iPad6.12”, with a number each for Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. Fiksu, meanwhile, saw the following credentials in his device logs:
Maybe those numbers could refer to the new iPad Pro models in two sizes, 12.9in and 9.7in, or maybe the supposed new 10.5in model. The IDs that Fiksu saw are similar to the existing IDs for the current 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
– iPad Pro 12.9 inches (Wi-Fi) – iPad 6.7
– iPad Pro 12.9 inches (Cellular) – iPad 6.8
– iPad Pro 9.7 inches (Wi-Fi) – iPad 6.3
– iPad Pro 9.7 inches (Cellular) – iPad 6.4
In the original report, Fiksu said that the number of new iPad models in its data is steadily increasing and that, in its experience, these increasing numbers indicate an “imminent” release. Fiksu suggested that the new iPad models could launch within a month, which would put a release somewhere around mid-April.
There has been a lot of confusion around the iPad Pro’s launch timelines. Rumors originally suggested a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model, and perhaps a new 12.9-inch model would launch in the spring alongside the low-cost 9.7-inch model. , but we only had the latter.
It is now unclear when we will see new models of the iPad Pro. The release of a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad (and a new iPhone color and new Apple Watch bands) via a press release seems to suggest we aren’t going to see a spring event and therefore no spring launch of new iPads, but it is not an impossibility.
If the spring debut doesn’t happen, we could potentially see a launch at Apple’s Global Developer Conference in June or Apple could delay the launch until fall, introducing iPads alongside new iPhones. in September. At this point, Apple’s iPad plans are obscure at best, and we’ll have to wait for more information to refine a release timeline.