The iPad Air 2 and Mini 4.
/ The iPad Air 2 and Mini 4.

Andrew Cunningham


Apple’s beta release of iOS 12.2 continues to provide possible hints about the tech giant’s upcoming gadgets. A report by MacRumors mentions a discover by designer Steve Troughton-Smith that referrals 4 brand-new iPad designs and a brand-new iPod design in the code of the iOS 12.2 designer beta.

All the brand-new iPads are noted as variations of “iPad11,” revealing both Wi-Fi and cellular designs of the exact same gadget. The brand-new iPod in concern is called “iPod9,” a classification that hasn’t been appointed to any existing iPods.

While this does not definitively signify brand-new gadgets, it’s reinforced by a relocation from Apple. The business just recently signed up 7 brand-new iPad designs with the Eurasian Economic Commission Database. Those filings do not expose much details about the unreleased gadgets, however they provide more credence to the possibility that Apple will launch brand-new tablets in the future.

The 4 brand-new iPads noted in iOS 12.2 might reference the reported iPad mini 5. The iPad mini hasn’t been upgraded because 2015, and reports that began in 2015 indicated the possibility of Apple upgrading the small tablet quickly.

According to Troughton-Smith, none of the 4 brand-new iPad designs have Face ID, which would make good sense due to the fact that Apple would likely upgrade the iPad mini however keep it as a more economical option to the iPad Pro designs (and even the 9.7-inch iPad). It’s likewise possible that the 4 brand-new designs reference upgraded variations of the 9.7-inch iPad, which Apple debuted practically one year back.

The iPod recommendation is more curious, as it might suggest that Apple is preparing to debut a 7th-generation iPod Touch. Apple most just recently upgraded the iPod Touch in 2015 (like the iPad mini), and it generally functions as an iPhone sans cellular connection and numerous enhanced hardware functions such as high-end video cameras and biometric authenticators.

The brand-new design referenced in the iOS 12.2 beta supposedly does not have Touch ID or Face ID, and if that holds true, the brand-new iPod Touch will be less like the present iPhones than ever in the past. However, the iPod Touch’s capability to shop and play music, play video games, and download apps makes it a restricted yet more economical option to the iPhone, which has actually progressively increased in rate over the previous couple of years (the present iPod Touch begins at $199 while the iPhone XR begins at $749).

There’s no word from Apple on when it will debut brand-new iPads or a brand-new iPod Touch. Nevertheless, March frequently brings the very first Apple occasion of the year, so we might see main news quickly.