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New iPad Pros and a mystery Bluetooth device appear in a Chinese regulatory filing

2018 October 11
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A Chinese filing leaked today by MySmartPrice has corroborated next-generation iPad Pro information published earlier this week. It includes model numbers pertaining to the upcoming iPads, including new identifiers hinting at further iPad Pro and Apple Pencil updates.

The following model identifiers, which do not correspond to any existing devices, were posted by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT):

  • A1876
  • A1980
  • A1993
  • A2051

Now, the model numbers A1876 and A1980 were filed back in July with the Eurasian Economic Commission, but the iPad model number A1993 was not seen in any of the prior filings.

A2051 is listed as “Bluetooth device” with no additional information provided.

Apple has registered these unreleased devices with MIIT in late September, all but confirming a new iPad-focused Apple media event we think will be held at the end of October.

Based on the previous rumors, analyst reports and conventional wisdom, we think it’s fair to assume that the A2051 device is almost certainly a next-generation Apple Pencil stylus although it could be anything, really, including the next AirPods.

2018 iPad Pro mockup top of post courtesy of Álvaro Pabesio.

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