Developer Steven Troughton Smith claims that Apple will release new iPads with WiFi and WiFi + Cellular variants and a new 7th generation iPod Touch. While dissecting iOS 12.2 beta, Smith came across references of the new devices. According to the screenshot Smith posted on Twitter, iPads might ship without FaceID while iPod Touch will not have either FaceID or TouchID.
Identified as iPad11,1 to iPad11,4, models 1 and 3 likely point to WiFi variants while 2 and 4 point to WiFi + Cellular variants. However, the most interesting new find in the code is related to the new iPod touch. Identified as iPod9,1, it will be the 7th generation iPod touch. The 6th generation iPod touch was released back in 2015 with 32GB storage and it currently retails for $199. If the rumor turns out to be true, then one might ask that why did it take four years for Apple to release an upgrade? Since the code claims that it might ship without FaceID and TouchID, it will ship with a Home Button which does not feel like a hardware upgrade at all. Infact, it will be the only new iOS device to ship without TouchID or FaceID.
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 pic.twitter.com/xiJN6kmmTe— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) January 25, 2019
To further strengthen Smith’s claims, Macotakara quoted supply chain sources that Apple might be working on a new iPod Touch. The general speculation is that with the high cost of the latest iPhones, Apple might be looking to provide a reasonably priced alternative to consumers. In addition, the new iPod Touch might also come in handy to increase sales of Apple’s services like iCloud, Apple Music and the upcoming video streaming and news subscription services.
Similarly, 9to5Mac reported that Apple has registered new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission. A report which gives life to Smith’s claim that new models of iPads might be released soon. Allegedly, Apple has registered iPad mini 5 and a new 10-inch iPad in the Eurasian database.
Having said that, with a company like Apple, we can never be too sure of what is coming our way. Rumors of new devices and services are usually in abundance just before an Apple event, which is also rumored to be taking place on March 25th. Stay tuned for all the latest updates and news.