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Apple certifies seven iPad model numbers with the EEC ahead of possible iPad or iPad Air refresh as alleged manual leaks

Apple has certified seven new iPad model numbers at the EEC. (Image source: Henry Ascroft)
Apple has certified seven new iPad model numbers at the EEC. (Image source: Henry Ascroft)
It seems that a new iPad is almost upon us, as Apple has certified seven new model numbers with the EEC. While the time is ripe for an eighth-generation iPad, an alleged manual suggests that a fourth-generation iPad Air could be arriving soon too.
Alex Alderson,

There has been talk of Apple releasing new iPads for a while now. Previously, rumours have coalesced on the idea that Apple has a new iPad Air in the works. While the release of a fourth-generation iPad Air should come as no surprise, the tablet will supposedly resemble the design of recent iPad Pros more than it does the current version of the iPad Air. Now, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has published two filings by Apple for seven new iPad models.

The two listings refer to the SKUs as running iPadOS 14, which Apple is yet to announce. The company unveiled iPadOS 13 on September 24 2019, a day before it released the seventh-generation iPad. So, it would seem likely that Apple will only release the models listed on the EEC once it has unveiled the next version of iPadOS. The model numbers are as follows:

  • A2072
  • A2270
  • A2316
  • A2324
  • A2325
  • A2428
  • A2429
(Image source: EEC)
(Image source: EEC)

The model numbers do not indicate which iPad Apple will be refreshing, but we doubt these model numbers represent seven distinct iPads. Instead, A2324 through A2429 are probably different SKUs of the same device, for example. These may be the eighth-generation iPad, but an alleged fourth-generation iPad Air has been presented by WHYLAB on Weibo.

Picked up by the likes of Sparrows News, the manual shows renders of an iPad that bears the thin bezels of recent iPad Pros. It also lists the device as having a Smart Connector, a single rear-facing camera, a USB Type-C port and Touch ID. WHYLAB claims that Apple has integrated the latter within the device's power button. The manual shows that a front-facing camera has been mounted for use in portrait mode and lists the device as supporting the Apple Pencil.

We cannot confirm the authenticity of the leaked manual, but there were rumours that Apple would not release the fourth-generation iPad Air until Q1 2021. So, this supposed manual may come to nothing.

Could this be the next Apple iPad Air? (Image source: WHYLAB)
Could this be the next Apple iPad Air? (Image source: WHYLAB)
(Image source: WHYLAB)
(Image source: WHYLAB)
(Image source: WHYLAB)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08-27 (Update: 2020-08-27)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.