Regulatory filings hint at four new iPads, new Magic Keyboard for possible release at WWDC

New registry numbers appearing on the Eurasian Economic Commission’s website overnight are linked to four new types of iPad and a new Magic Keyboard, Consomac reports. Rumors of a new 10.5” iPad Pro have been swirling for months and have been backed up more recently by alleged renderings of the device and images of cases, but even if Apple has a cellular and WiFi model of that device coming, that still leaves two more mystery iPads to come. It’s been a few years since Apple debuted hardware during WWDC and even longer since it debuted an iOS device at the event—revealing the iPhone 4 there in 2010—but respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims there’s an “over 70 percent” chance that Apple will debut the 10.5” iPad Pro at the event. If Apple is going to release new hardware its software event, we can’t help but wonder if they’re ramping up in anticipation of some new significant iPad-related features in iOS 11.
What new hardware could actually be in store is still an open question. Despite all the talk that the company could be killing off the iPad mini in the near future due to its competition with the iPhone 7 Plus, last year Kuo also predicted that Apple would release a 7.9” iPad Pro in 2017, although he made no mention of a smaller iPad Pro in his more recent proclamations. It’s also possible that Apple has kept a refresh of the larger 12.9” iPad Pro under wraps, but only time will tell. The filings also note the addition of a new Magic Keyboard—which hasn’t been updated since 2015—but this is the first we’ve heard of it. [via 9to5Mac]

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