Apple To Sell Budget iPads Soon, But Without Face ID

Apple To Sell Budget iPads Soon, But Without Face ID

While this doesn't definitively signal new devices, it's bolstered by a move from Apple.

It's been a number of years since Apple has updated either the iPad Mini or iPod Touch devices, but that could soon be changing. A report by MacRumors cites a find by developer Steve Troughton-Smith that references four new iPad models and a new iPod model in the code of the iOS 12.2 developer beta.

In the Apple store, we see the latest iPad Pro 2018 models, as well as the iPad Pro 2017 devices which boasts less performant components than their last year's counterparts. The purported models, codenamed iPad11,1, iPad11,2, iPad 11,3 and iPad 11,4 could refer to the new mainstream iPad and iPad mini models, though this is not confirmed. The code also reveals that the new iPod will not come with Face ID or Touch ID, which is in line with current design.

Eurasian Economic Commission filings like these have correctly predicted the release of new Apple products on numerous occasions. According to the forecast, Apple could release the iPad mini 5 early this year, while the entry-level iPad could follow this schedule as well. Face ID might just be a tad bit too costly for Apple to put on its lower-cost models.

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But beyond a low-priced iPad and a new, faster iPod touch, there might be more up Apple's sleeve.

There's no word from Apple on when it will debut new iPads or a new iPod Touch.

The iPod data mine is much more groundbreaking, as it could mean that Apple is developing a 7th-generation iPod Touch. This leads us to believe that Apple is indeed getting ready to launch a new music playing device and that it's simply waiting for the right time to do it.

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