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Apple has registered seven unreleased iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database this week, including models A2123, A2124, A2126, A2153, A2154, A2133, and A2152, according to the Indian blog MySmartPrice.

The filings are legally required for any encrypted devices sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

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These models could represent new versions of the iPad mini and the 9.7-inch iPad, which may become 10 inches based on recent rumors.

Multiple sources have claimed Apple plans to launch a so-called iPad mini 5 and a new entry-level iPad with a 10-inch display, replacing the existing 9.7-inch model, including the China Times and supply chain-focused website DigiTimes. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said a new iPad mini is in the works last year.

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Eurasian Economic Commission filings like these have foreshadowed the release of new Apple products on numerous occasions, including multiple iPad and iPad Pro models, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 4, AirPods, the 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and several other devices.

March is a common month for both Apple's first event of the year and iPad refreshes, so perhaps we'll see new models then.

Notably, Apple hasn't updated the iPad mini since September 2015.

Update: A seventh iPad model -- A2126 -- was also filed in the Eurasian database today.


Article Link: Apple Registers Seven New iPad Models in Eurasian Database, Rumors Expect New 10-Inch iPad and iPad Mini 5 [Updated]
 
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Jerion

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Can't quite figure where a "standalone" model would fit in the regular lineup. Could be an education model though?
 

MacRazySwe

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MacRumors, is it not most likely that the new budget iPad will just reuse the old 10.5" Pro chassis, rather than developing a "New" 10" model? Just like the iPad 9.7" is just an iPad Air (1). I just don't see Apple justifying the development cost of a new 10" design when they have the existing molds/parts from the old 10.5.

I think the lineup will be:

- iPad Mini 7.9"
- iPad 10.5"

- iPad Pro 11"
- iPad Pro 12.9"

If so, the cheaper 10.5 model could be a very appealing option at the right price point.
 

JBGoode

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I hope this rumour of a new mini isn't a massive disappointment. Using my iPhone Xs and then going back to my mini is an eyesore. Updated internals and screen, instant buy.

I’ve a feeling that the screen on your mini 4 is going to be superior to the new one and it most certainly won’t be as good as an Xs. I think it will be a shrunken version of the 2018 iPad with non laminated screen, etc. We’ll see I guess.
 

HiVolt

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MacRumors, is it not most likely that the new budget iPad will just reuse the old 10.5" Pro chassis, rather than developing a "New" 10" model? Just like the iPad 9.7" is just an iPad Air (1). I just don't see Apple justifying the development cost of a new 10" design when they have the existing molds/parts from the old 10.5.

That would make the most sense, and they would put the A11 (non-x) variant in it, just like they previously did with the iPad 5th & 6th gen, which used A9 & A10 (non-x) respectively.
 

longhorn2004

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MacRumors, is it not most likely that the new budget iPad will just reuse the old 10.5" Pro chassis, rather than developing a "New" 10" model? Just like the iPad 9.7" is just an iPad Air (1). I just don't see Apple justifying the development cost of a new 10" design when they have the existing molds/parts from the old 10.5.

I think the lineup will be:

- iPad Mini 7.9"
- iPad 10.5"

- iPad Pro 11"
- iPad Pro 12.9"

If so, the cheaper 10.5 model could be a very appealing option at the right price point.

That would make sense to use the present 10.5 tooling and keep the price down. The question would be the quality of display. Keep the home button to lower costs and use USB-C since that will be the new Apple standard going forward.
 

78Bandit

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I hope this rumour of a new mini isn't a massive disappointment. Using my iPhone Xs and then going back to my mini is an eyesore. Updated internals and screen, instant buy.

"Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in October that Apple is working on a new version of the iPad mini with an upgraded processor and a lower-cost display panel, with the device being launched in 2018 or 2019."

I think you are setting yourself up for disappointment. I would expect nothing more than smaller version of the non-laminated display that was in the 2018 and 2017 iPad.
 
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