iOS 12.2 features hints of upcoming iPad models, new iPod touch

Apple has experimented a fair bit with the iPad line over the years, culminating with the new design and powerful internals on the pair of 2018 Pro models – iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) and iPad Pro 11. However, 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. Weirdly still, there is also an iPad Mini 4 still in official sales and circulation, dating all the way back to 2015, with even older internals.

Now, 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 in question 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 somewhat 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

Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) January 25, 2019

It all ties in pretty well with at least a few earlier leaks. One mentioned 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 keeps on giving with yet another mention of a future Apple device – an iPod Touch, of all things. Steve also found no reference to either Touch ID or Face ID for said device.