According to a report from a known iOS tinkerer, there are some pieces of evidence inside the iOS 12.2 release indicating that at least two new iPad models are nearing the horizon. The references, however, describe a total of four new iPads – two models with Wi-Fi only and two models with Cellular connectivity. According to speculation, these two models are a refresh over the regular 9.7-inch model and somewhat surprising iPad mini 5.
In theory, iOS 12.2 references four new iPads in WiFi & Cellular variants (perhaps mini, and 9.7"?), all without Face ID, and a (seventh-gen?) iPod touch with no Touch ID nor Face ID pic.twitter.com/xiJN6kmmTe
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) January 25, 2019
This new report comes to give strength to some previous reports indicating that Apple could be preparing a new iPad Mini 5, as well as a new 9.7-inch “standard” variant that would see a slight increase on its display to 10-inch with a bezel-less-friendly design.
The software leaks also give some clues about the existence of a new iPod Touch device, however, it makes no mention to Face ID or Touch ID for such device. The 6th generation of the handset is equipped with a 4-inch LCD screen and is powered by Apple A8 chipset, it also offers an 8MP rear-facing camera, and a pretty modest for nowadays standards, 1.2MP selfie snapper. If 7th gen iPod Touch isn’t coming with Touch ID or Face ID, this pretty much goes against some previous rumors teasing, at least, the existence of Touch ID authentication on the newer model.
For now, we should wait for more details before diving in any new conclusion. Apple should take the wraps off two or three new iPad models on March. The occasion could pretty much serve to reveal the 7th gen of iPod Touch, the AirPower wireless charging pad, and the new AirPods.