Analytics firm Fiksu is today reporting that they have seen four new iPad device identifiers appear in their logs. These as-yet-unannounced iPads were used to test a range of popular applications around Cupertino, running the latest iOS 10.3 beta and early builds of iOS 11.
The four new devices found have the following model identifiers: iPad 7,1; iPad 7,2; iPad 7,3 and iPad 7,4. Although Fiksu only picked up about 40 devices, the company says that this is about the number of devices it expects to see a month before Apple launches a new product. This would suggest the new iPads are coming very soon.
The firm gathers its data from app developers including its analytics SDK in their apps, which are then distributed to the App Store and collect information about users. The current iPad Pro devices on the market have ‘iPad 6,x’ identifiers so it seems like these unannounced products are new versions of that line.
According to MacRumors, the launch could happen as early as next week. However, no site has reported receiving invites for the launch, so the rumored launch is exactly that: a rumor.
I for one hope they don't launch until April; if Apple does launch then they will ruin one of my April Fools Day jokes involving the 10.5" iPad.
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