Is a new iPad Pro just around the corner? A Thursday report claims Apple has registered a series of new devices with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, suggesting the next-generation tablet may be joined by a mysterious device that could be a new Apple Pencil.
The MySmartPrice report notes that Apple has registered product numbers A1876, A1980, and A1993. This corresponds to similar filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission filings spotted back in July, but the July filings also showed unexplained numbers for A2013, A1934, A1979, and A2014. Alongside these new findings, the publication notes a device with model number A2051 that could correspond to a new version of the Apple Pencil, the $99 stylus that uses Bluetooth to communicate with the tablet. The new filings suggest the company could be gearing up to launch in these countries soon.
Rumors are mounting up that Apple is planning a big upgrade for the iPad Pro. Recent leaks suggest a tablet with reduced bezel, no home button and Face ID as seen on the iPhone X. Other rumors suggest USB-C support with optional 4K HDR external display output. Recent CAD renderings suggest the device will come with reduced thickness of 5.86 millimeters, launching in 11 and 12.9-inch variants. Oh, and neither device is expected to come with a “notch” in the display.
The other big unknown is Apple’s plans for the pencil. A previous report suggested the new device would pair with the iPad Pro automatically, similar to how the AirPods and HomePod work. A shift to USB-C, if it involves removing the Lightning connector, would also necessitate a new stylus as the pencil currently uses the port for charging. The new iPad is also expected to use a modified magnetic connector, so it’s possible that this takes over charging duties.
Apple may hold an event in October where it details these products and more, as it has done in the past.