New iPad Device Identifiers Surface as Testing Continues

The rumor mill is certainly picking up steam when it comes to the iPad Pro refresh that is so heavily expected to arrive soon.

Now, TechCrunch is reporting that a variety of new device identifiers have cropped up, which seem to show that new iPad models are currently being tested inside the Cupertino-based headquarters. The logs showing new device identifiers were discovered by Fiksu, a mobile marketing company.

According to the report, four new identifiers have been showing up as of late, which Fiksu believes could mean that there are between two new and four new iPad models being tested. Here are the numbers and their count, as of the time of publication:

    Device | Count

    iPad 7,3 | 5
    iPad 7,4 | 10
    iPad 7,2 | 11
    iPad 7,1 | 17

For those keeping track, here are the current iPad device identifiers:

  • iPad 6,3: 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi)
  • iPad 6,4: 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Cellular)
  • iPad 6,7: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (WiFi)
  • iPad 6,8: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Cellular)

At this point, it would seem that Apple is, at the very least, testing two separate iPad models, which could see the light of day soon. A rumor that surfaced earlier today suggested that Apple is gearing up to announce new iPad models as early as next week. Other rumors have suggested that Apple could host an event on April 4 to announce the new iPad Pro models.

Past rumors have pointed to Apple changing things up this year, by announcing a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro that would effectively replace the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. On top of that, Apple is expected to unveil a moderately-upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro as well. If that particular rumor is true, these new device identifiers could be leaning in that direction, with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro being left behind in favor of the new model — and getting a price drop until it is phased out entirely in the future.

If Apple introduces a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, do you think you’ll pick it up?

[via TechCrunch]