New Apple EEC Filings Suggest Two More iPad Models Coming in 2019
Apple has filed two new iPad model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission, bringing the expected number of fall iPad releases to seven.
According to listings uncovered by MySmartPrice, has filed two model identifiers for new iPads into the EEC database, listed as A2200 and A2232. That follows on five prior entries by Apple into the database this year (A2197, A2228, A2068, A2198, and A2230).
Since the EEC filings only indicate model numbers, what Apple will ultimately release is currently anyone’s guess. But since the models are grouped into a single listing, it is probable that they will be similar models. It is possible that the new model may be a new 10.2-inch iPad, which will replace the existing 9.7-inch iPad.
What the filings don’t tell us is all that much about the devices themselves: all we know is that they’re listed as running iPadOS, due out this September. It’s possible that Apple is planning an October iPad event, something it has done in previous years.
What we do know is that Apple unveiled a 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini back in March 2019, so those two particular lines won’t be getting a revamp this time around.
It’s possible that Apple wants to eventually get all its iPads looking like the iPad Pros, with thin bezels and no Home button, but considering the main selling point of the 9.7-inch iPad is its affordability, it might retain the classic design.
If new iPad Pros are indeed on the way, the main changes are likely to be internal ones, with extra speed bumps on the cards. The new, modern design is not yet a year old, so will probably be retained for another 12 months.