Russian certification agency EEC has certified several new Apple iPad models. While the exact identity of the iPad models cannot be confirmed at this point, the certification suggests Apple may be planning to release new iPads soon.
Seven New Apple iPad Models Appear on EEC Website
The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has certified seven unannounced iPad models running on iOS 12. These include A2123, A2124, A2126, A2153, A2154, A2133, and A2152. It is possible that some of these could be variants of the rumored iPad Mini 5 and two entry-level iPads with a 10-inch display. As you can see in the screenshot below, the EEC listings do not reveal any other information regarding the certified iPad models.
Famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted last year that Apple may launch a new version of the iPad Mini in spring 2019. According to his prediction, the iPad Mini 5 could come with a more powerful processor and a low-cost display panel to help keep costs down. In terms of design, however, the iPad Mini 5 is said to be more or less identical to its predecessor. Some other sources claim Apple will be launching the new iPad Mini model alongside two affordable iPad models with a 10-inch display. The two “low-cost” iPad models with a 10-inch display are expected to feature narrower bezels compared to the 9.7-inch iPad. However, you should not expect to see Face ID on any of the three upcoming iPads. They are all likely to feature Touch ID instead. Under the hood, the upcoming 10-inch iPads may run on the A11 Bionic chipset and not the newer A12X that is found in the newest iPad Pro models. The smaller iPad Mini 5, on the other hand, is more likely to be powered by an A10 chipset instead. Apple is rumored to begin mass production of the two low-cost iPad models in the second quarter of the year. If the rumors are accurate, Apple may announce the three iPad models sometime in April or May this year. They could also be launched sometime in March, which is usually when Apple introduces its budget iPad models.