Four New iPad Models Spotted by Analytics Firm, Could Launch Next Week
Rumors had been circulating for about a month now concerning four new iPads launching this spring, and according to 9to5Mac the devices do indeed exist:
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.
It is likely that these model identifiers represent the rumored new iPad Pro models, with reports indicating that successors to the 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro could launch soon …
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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Frank March 14, 2017 um 9:20 am
I noticed an iPad Pro commercial recently. I rarely watch TV that includes commercials and I haven’t noticed an iPad commercial in a few years. So maybe the PR team is building up brand awareness.
I think the two new models are a "budget" 9.7-inch iPad Pro (at the original iPad price of $499) and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the other two are mobile-data versions of the former.