iOS 12.2 hints upcoming iPad models, new iPod touch

Over the years Apple has experimented on the iPad quite a bit, coming to a head with the new design and powerful internals on the pair of 2018 Pro models - iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) and iPad Pro 11. Despite this, Apple's official store still carries the older iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) as well as the iPad 9.7 (2018), with a slightly older chipset and a lower price tag. Even more questionable is the iPad Mini 4 still in official sales and circulation, dating all the way back to 2015, with even older internals.

Currently though, as per a few references, discovered by a known iOS tinkerer inside Apple's latest iOS 12.2 build, there could be at least a pair of new iPads on the horizon. The references describe a total of four new iPads - two Wi-Fi only and two Cellular variants, leading many to believe that these are a refresh to the regular 9.7-inch model and the almost 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.

It synchronizes with at least a few earlier leaks. One identified both an iPad mini 5, as well as a new 9.7-inch "regular" variant, now with a slightly bigger 10-inch display and slimmed-down bezels.

The iOS leak gives us yet another mention of a future Apple device - an iPod Touch, of all things. Steve found no reference also to either Touch ID or Face ID for the said device.