Code found in iOS 12.2 beta points to two new iPads and the iPod Touch 7th generation
The release of a new Apple iPod Touch (7th Generation for those who are counting) has been already rumored, and so has the launch of an iPad mini 5 and two new iPad models. Now, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has posted a tweet that says code found in the first iOS 12.2 beta points to a new iPod Touch and four new iPad models. Taking into account that each tablet has a Wi-Fi and a Wi-Fi + Cellular variant, Troughton-Smith is expecting an iPad mini 5 and a new iPad.
The developer adds that according to the code, neither tablet will sport Face ID, and the iPad will carry a 9.7-inch display. This contradicts some rumors about the new slates; the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) yesterday published documentation showing that it certified six new iPad models, including both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular units (codenumbers A2123, A2124, A2153, A2154, A2133, A2152). There is also some speculation that the new iPad models will have a larger 10-inch display with thinner bezels, and come equipped with Face ID, a USB-C port and support for the Apple Pencil 2.
As we noted earlier in this article, the code discovered by Troughton-Smith also shows that Apple will launch the 7th generation version of the iPod Touch. The current sixth generation model (click on video at the top of this article) is equipped with a 4-inch LCD display and is powered by an Apple A8 chipset. It also offers an 8MP rear facing camera, and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera in front. The developer says that the code he discovered in the iOS 12.2 beta shows that the new iPod Touch will not come with Face ID or Touch ID. This also contradicts previous rumors pointing to a larger screen for the new iPod Touch, and the introduction of Touch ID for the device.
Apple recently extended the reach of the iPod Touch trademark to include categories like "Hand-held units for playing electronic games" and "Handheld game consoles." This indicates that the company will try to position the product as a gaming device. The first generation iPod Touch was released in 2007 with a 3.5-inch screen, and did not come with a camera. That model, and all subsequent iPod Touch units, use Wi-Fi connectivity to connect online.
Don't forget the AirPower and the AirPods sequel
Along with the new iPads and the next generation iPod Touch, the next Apple new product event could include the long awaited AirPower wireless charger and the sequel to Apple's popular AirPods wireless ear buds. The former was introduced in September 2017, and Apple reportedly just started mass production of the product earlier this month. The AirPower will allow for the wireless charging of an iPhone, the Apple Watch, and the AirPods carrying case all at the same time. Devices that are compatible with the wireless charger include the 2017 and 2018 iPhone models, and the series 3 and series 4 Apple Watch timepieces.
So in March, we could see Apple take the wraps off two or three new iPad models (including the iPad mini 5), the seventh generation iPod Touch, the AirPower wireless charging pad, and the AirPods sequel.