Regulatory documents filed earlier this month hinted that Apple would launch five new iPads in 2019. Now that number has risen to seven.
Apple recently filed entries for two new iPad models with the Asian Economic Commission (ECC) database, as spotted Apple Insider. Listed under the identifiers A2200 and A2232, this pair of tablets could very well be different configurations of a new 10.2-inch iPad, which would replace the current 9.7-inch model.
These latest two repositories join five more earlier this month, all listed as running iPadOS 13 (previously iOS).
The exact models we’re looking at in those docs remain a mystery, but it looks like Apple will be making some significant changes to its tablet lineup by the end of this year. We also have to speculate on the launch of these devices, although Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst who has thoughts on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, predicts that Apple will unveil an updated iPad mini and two new iPads. Pro models in the fourth quarter.
Apple currently sells five different iPads: the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pros, the iPad Air, the iPad, and the iPad mini. Based on these documents, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a sixth family member. We’re also not ruling out that Apple is streamlining its offerings, as it did with its MacBook laptops when it ditched the 12-inch MacBook and the next-gen MacBook Air.
Apple will be hosting its big hardware event in September where we’ll see its new iPhones, Apple Watch, and maybe even a slew of new tablets.