Apple Registers New iPad Models and 'Bluetooth Device' in China


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Apr 12, 2001

Apple in late September registered new iPad models and a new Bluetooth device with China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which hints at an imminent release for new iPad Pro models and perhaps a new Apple Pencil.

According to MySmartPrice, Apple registered iPad model numbers A1876, A1980, and A1993 which correspond to previous iPad registrations that we saw Apple file in July with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The exception is A1993, which has not been seen in a prior filing.

iPad Pro mockup by Álvaro Pabesio

The new model numbers do not correspond to any existing devices and likely represent unreleased iPad Pro models. Back in July, Apple also registered A1934, A1979, A2013, A2014, and A1985 with the ECC, representing new iPad Pro models set to be sold in countries that include Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

That Apple is registering the previously spotted iPad models in a new country suggests a release could be imminent. With both new iPad models and new Macs on the horizon, we are expecting Apple to hold an October event, which could perhaps take place during the last week of the month based on the release date of the iPhone XR and what we know of past Apple events.

Rumors have suggested the new iPad Pro models could be sold alongside a second-generation Apple Pencil with AirPods-style no-contact pairing, and there is an unknown Bluetooth device in the MIIT filing.

The Bluetooth device, listed as just "Bluetooth device," features a model number of A2051, with no additional information available. It's not known what it is, but it could indeed be a new Apple Pencil based on the rumors we've heard.

Apple is expected to introduce new iPad Pro models in sizes similar to 10.5 and 12.9-inches, with larger displays featuring slimmer bezels and no Home button. All new iPad Pro models are expected to adopt Face ID and a TrueDepth camera system along with improved processors, better camera capabilities, and perhaps a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port.

Article Link: Apple Registers New iPad Models and 'Bluetooth Device' in China


macrumors 68000
Dec 21, 2001
One More Thing: The new T3 chip and free replacement on your MBP TB and iMacP. And Apple Stores learn how to solder.
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macrumors G3
Apr 27, 2015
Philadelphia, PA
Interested to see how the iPad Pro will unlock with FaceID when in landscape mode.
What do you mean? It will unlock like it does today, as long as your hand isn't covering it. It just won't work upside down.
[doublepost=1539279036][/doublepost]Can't wait for this. An all screen experience of this size will be really really nice. Face ID has been perfect on my Max so I am expecting similar performance here. Should be a nice upgrade from my 10.5, which was the best Apple computer I've ever used.


Mar 18, 2010
Hopefully the screen does not use PWM like iPhone XS which makes it unusable to a lot of people!
has there been any research into why some people have this problem? I would think that Apple would have something to say about this if it is a big problem like some say.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 23, 2010
What does the typical announcement timeline look like after MIIT certification updates? Does Apple typically update this days/weeks/months before?
The July sequence was - registered in the database and then silently released a weekly later. Unlikely these will be silently released. But possible.

Given that no announcement went out today, it begins to beg the question of when will it happen. Tim Cook is speaking the week of 10/22 so that is out. They typically do not send out invites same week as events. Guess they could do it for the "last week" of October - 10/30 or 10/31. More speculation.
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