Apple Registers New iPad Models and a Bluetooth Device in China

BY Evan Selleck

Published 11 Oct 2018

Expectations were high that Apple would use its September event to unveil new iPad Pro models, but that didn’t happen so now all eyes are on October.

The “delay” of sorts would make sense if all, if not most, of the rumors for the upcoming iPad Pro models are true. After all, we’re expecting the new tablets to adopt the minimized bezel design that Apple introduced with the iPhone X, along with the adoption of Face ID through the TrueDepth camera system, and no physical Home button. Plus a lot more. So a separate, iPad-dedicated event sounds right.

And the evidence is growing that this will indeed be the case. AS was first reported on Thursday by MySmartPrice, Apple has gone ahead and registered in China with the region’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for new iPad models, along with an unidentified “Bluetooth device”.

The new iPad models are numbered A1876, A1980, and A1993. The first two model numbers might look familiar, because they are the same ones we saw Apple register with the Eurasian Economic Commission earlier this year. As one might expect, these model numbers aren’t attributed to any current iPad, or iPad Pro, model available on the market right now. That seems to point to new models coming down the pipe.

That “Bluetooth device” is interesting, too, because word on the street is that Apple is also working on a new Apple Pencil. Unfortunately, beyond the specific filing, the MIIT listing doesn’t give us anything to go on so we don’t know what to expect from this particular device just yet. Other than the obvious, that it will support Bluetooth connectivity.

As far as when Apple will host this October event, the likeliest timetable is the end of the month, with a public launch of the hardware it shows off before the month wraps up. It is also expected that Apple will unveil new Mac products at this event, too, so there could be even more to look forward to.

[via MySmartPrice]