Two New iPad Models Revealed In Apple's Regulatory Filings

Audrey Hill
February 24, 2018

First spotted by French blog Consomac, this filing shows that the EEC has given Apple the authorization to market new products. Similar filings have appeared before which revolved around the iPhone 7, and AirPods so it is not surprising that we will be seeing these as well. The devices are described in the filings as "tablet computers", suggesting they are new iPads. These iPad and iPhone models have "CC" and "AA" prefixes in front of their numbers, which is unusual.

There have been rumors of a drastically redesigned iPad model to be released this year, complete with a almost bezel-less design akin to that of the iPhone X, and it might even have Face ID as well. As 9to5Mac explains, all signs point to the "tablet computers" being mundane refreshes of the standard iPad line, rather than brand new iPad Pros.

Since there are two iPad models mentioned in the EEC document, it's safe to assume these are 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, and not the smaller 9.7-inch iPad. Apple had traditionally updated the iPad lineup in March, with last year's announcement being a more affordable iPad.

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Digitimes previously reported that Apple would launch an even cheaper $260 iPad in 2018, with a release date in the second-quarter.

The timing makes sense, too - Apple launched the $329 iPad back in March 2017, which means it's due for an upgrade sometime next month. But this particular device is expected later this year; that said, none of this is official information, and anything is possible. This is hardly unusual; for example, Apple launched the $329, 9.7-inch iPad in March past year.

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