Two New iPad Models Revealed In Apple's Regulatory Filings

Two New iPad Models Revealed In Apple's Regulatory Filings

A set of new regulatory filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission shows Apple has registered two new iPads, Consomac reports. The filing dated February 19, reveals the model numbers of the iPads to be starting with "CC" or "AA", not at par with what the iPads usually come with, leading a speculation that Apple may launch a new series of iPads, consisting of six "tablet computer samples" - CC1704, CC1706, CC1708, CC1703, CC1705, CC1707 models. To achieve an all-screen design for the new iPad Pro, it is expected that the tablet will also lose the home button and the Touch ID feature. History suggests this means an iPad refresh is coming sooner rather than later. Both these devices were announced just a fortnight after turning up online, as 9to5Mac points out.

Since the EEC's document mentions two models, those are presumably 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. In fact, Apple launched the $329 iPad in March 2017 ... which lines up perfectly for a yearly refresh given the timing of the filings.

In December, DigiTimes reported Apple planned on introducing a lower priced iPad in 2018. This is hardly unusual; for example, Apple launched the $329, 9.7-inch iPad in March previous year. Word is those devices are due in the second half of this year, so whatever Apple has planned for next month is probably something else entirely. It's possible there'd also be no fanfare this year, especially if it's for an entry-level product. It's not certain when -or even if -the company will update its 9.7-inch "budget" iPad. Last year, Apple simply launched the new iPad without an event. As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!

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