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Regulatory filings suggest Apple is planning to launch new iPads this year

By Polycount ยท 5 replies
Jul 10, 2019
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  1. Reliable leak and news website MySmartPrice (who just recently released photos of Samsung's upcoming Note 10) has issued a new report today, which suggests that Apple could be working on a couple new iPad models.

    This information came to light after the website discovered several Eurasian Economic Commission Certification documents filed by Apple, which reference the model numbers A2068, A2198, A2230, A2197, and A2228. The documents, which can be seen here, fall under the "tablet computers" category and frequently reference Apple's recently-unveiled iPadOS 13.

    The certifications appear to have been registered earlier this month, but they were only published today. It's unclear how many of these model numbers will represent completely different devices and how many will merely be variants of a single device (with different hardware, for example), but we probably won't have to wait long to find out for sure.

    MySmartPrice believes these filings could point toward a full iPad launch (or launches, depending on how many devices get revealed) sometime in the next couple of months.

    Given that events such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas are some of the tech industry's biggest sales periods, that's not an unreasonable assumption -- it's likely that Apple would try to get its flagship tablets on the market slightly before the holidays arrive.

    Unfortunately, these documents don't provide us with much in the way of details -- we don't know what these mystery devices will look like (perhaps one will be Apple's rumored folding iPad?) or what hardware they will house. However, it's unlikely that they will be a simple refresh of past iPad models, as Apple already launched a couple such devices earlier this year.

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  2. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 726   +286

    Probably just updated iPads. It's been rumored for awhile that the 5th and 6th gen iPads would go from 9.7 to 10 inches this year.
    Lets not forget that the Air and Mini are also new this year. I wouldn't count on new ones but more updated models.
    It would be cool if Apple did a hybrid or foldable tablet but I don't see them coming out with new tech like that this year. Apple has been known though to do just release stuff without much warning. The new Air came out of almost nowhere.
     
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,715   +2,514

    A wireless keyboard cover would probably do really well with the Apple faithful. If it wasn't outrageously priced the general public would probably embrace it as well. It would definitely need a trackpad, though.
     
  4. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Addict Posts: 130   +90

    TBH wireless keyboard is out of the question. Remember iOS does not support mouse input, so having a keyboard far away from iPad is contra productive.
    Sure iOS13 will be able to "use" mouse, but that implementation is painfully limited - at least right now.
     
  5. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 726   +286

    iOS goes away for iPads in Sept. and TabOS takes over. Keyboards have always been supported. Mouse and USB files will now finally be supported.
     
  6. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Addict Posts: 130   +90

    It's just a name change, the core is still iOS with extra features sprinkled on top.
    Anyway, have you seen how they implemented the mouse support? I really hope it's not the final implementation.
     

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