Four new Apple tablets spotted, new iPad Pro possibly among them


Many expect that Apple’s WWDC event this year will bring not only software, but also hardware announcements, with news about upcoming iPad models among them. And new evidence has popped up recently, suggesting that several new tablets may be set for debut at WWDC 2017. 

Said evidence comes in the form of regulatory approval spotted by the French web site Consomac. It lists four new “tablet PC” devices running iOS 10, referred to by their model numbers: A1670, A1671, A1701, and A1709. There is also a wireless keyboard listed under the A1843 model number, which may be a new accessory for the tablets mentioned. By the way, we won't be surprised if the macOS devices also present in the table turn out to be new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.


One curious observation: the tablet numbers are grouped in pairs. With this in mind, we can assume that the four model numbers belong to two different iPad models, each of which will be available in two versions: with and without a cellular module.

Although the data above revels no further information, rumors point at a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro making an appearance at WWDC 2017. The device is expected to be equipped with the A10X chipset, to have thin bezels, and to bring all the benefits of Apple’s current ‘Pro’ branded tablets, such as support for the Apple Pencil. Some past reports have also suggested that an update to Apple’s 12,9-inch iPad Pro may come soon, but none of those have been confirmed so far.

If you want to be among the first to know what Apple has to announce, you can watch the livestream of the company’s WWDC keynote event on June 5.

source: eaeunion.org via Consomac

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17 Comments

1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Expensive Media players !

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I think they're the best non-Windows tablets out there.

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not realy sure why you think this is the case. Tablet is media consumption device - so i would prefer a good screen, stereo, hopefuly front facing speakes, lots of space to download movies to, SD card reader, active stylus support etc. iOS and Android tablets are incedibly limited in terms of quality of aplications + OS limitations.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It's his personal opinion, and he's very well entitled to it... Even though Android tablets have all that you describe, the Tablet app ecosystem on Android is just a joke. Most are merely stretched out phone apps, many don't even work in landscape mode, etc. That alone could make a huge difference in one's purchasing decisions of a media consumption device...

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not realy sure why you point out, that a lot of apps on android do no properly utilize tablets, because my experience with my iPad Pro says it's identical situation on iOS.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Most of the iOS apps are merely stretched out phone apps! WTF is up with you today? Even if you open the iPad/HD iOS apps, they are just blown up iPhone versions with very little to zero change on most of them. As far as app selection? At leats the Android apps actually make use of the larger display. Unlike iOS apps which are just blown-up iPhone apps. Dude...I mean really? Either be fair or be quiet. I usually agree with you and you are usually spot on. Today you re way off your game. Android tablets have huge advantages over the overpriced iPad. Including more storage capacity for you own stuff, 4-way splitview for apps, floating windows, wireless mice/keyboard/joypad support, sdcard support which means UNLIMITED STORAGE, many have front facing speakers, or even if they are on the sides, are aimed towards the front, one f them has directional auto-sensing speakers that fire properly based on how the tablet is facing. Android supports other media files types, so you are not locked into a wall-garden. And since you can use sdcards, that means using file types that keep 100% of the file quality vs using Apple MP3 and MP4 abominations. For me fair is fair. ALL ARM BASED TABLETS ARE GARBAGE OVERALL!!! But Android options are way better. They have larger batteries, batter battery-life, more features and capabilities that are useful and the vast majority cost less than an iPad for better capabilities. I will give 1 example - The Galaxy Tab S. Its old, but even today's iPad Pro lacks what the Tab S lacks. Original Tab S is 2560x1600 which is QHD+. I'm not even sure what to call the resolution on my iPad Pro. The stereo speakers sound way better than the iPad Pro 4 speakers, and the Tab supports Surround and the speakers are aimed at the user. The SAMOLED display is leagues better than ANY iPad display, and the sdcard storage supports up to 128GB of more storage Has split-view apps and more.

12. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You're tablet will support the 256Gb cards and larger as they become available. Manufacturers just listed 128Gb because it was the largest on the market at the time.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Dude, don't kid yourself. There are over 1 million toyPad optimized apps on the App Store ( https://sck.pm/Rg ), Google Play store doesn't even have a section specifically for Tablets till today (or I've never come across it), not to even talk of how many there are (do they even report that?). Tablet apps are still like an after-thought on Android. Yes as the iPad can run every iOS app on the App Store (2.2 M), including iPhone apps, it's true to say most are merely stretched out phone apps, but the proportion of tablet optimized apps on iOS is still significantly much larger compared to what's on Android. That's the point. Android tablets no doubt have many other advantages over the iPad as you described, just stated the significant advantage of the iPad as a media consumption device.

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I bet these offer nothing new over the old iPads other than improved processors, they really could use feature parity with Android or Windows tablets but Apple prefers they stay crippled and locked down in the walled garden.

14. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Blah, blah, blah, the iPad is the best selling tablet PERIOD! And they LAST! I tried a Android tablet once, for a day. Terrible experience. Was returned the next day. Lol, I tried to use it.......

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