Apple has registered two new iPad model numbers, A1895 and A1980, in Eurasia which are likely the company’s 2018 iPad Pro refresh. In addition, the company has also registered 11 additional model numbers pertaining to its 2018 iPhone lineup running iOS 12.
The 11 model numbers potentially include Apple’s entire 2018 iPhone lineup which will comprise of three models. Two of them are likely going to be called the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus and feature OLED displays with a size of around 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch, respectively. The third model will be a 6.1-inch LCD variant. It will be the cheapest of the lot and is expected to help Apple attract new consumers. Add in the various storage and network configurations and the 11 model numbers that passed through the ECC make a lot of sense.
As for the two iPad Pro model number, it is likely that Apple is adding the final touches to the two tablets ahead of their unveiling in September. The Cupertino company is reportedly working on a 2018 refresh of its iPad Pro lineup with faster internals. The new models will also ditch the Home button/Touch ID in favor of Face ID.
By removing the Home button, Apple will be able to make the bezels on the devices thinner. On the smaller iPad Pro, Apple will take this opportunity to reportedly increase the screen size to 11-inch. However, doing so will make the difference between the 12.9-inch and 11-inch variant too small for consumers to consider the former.
Nonetheless, Apple’s iPad Pro lineup is due for an upgrade and the company will likely unveil the fresh alongside its 2018 iPhones at an event in September.
Due to regulatory norms, Apple has to register its products with the ECC in Eurasia ahead of their launch in the region. This ends up revealing the company’s plans in most cases and is a good indicator as to what it is planning on launching. In the first week of July, Apple registered new MacBook model numbers in Eurasia which it then proceeded to launch yesterday.