Two new iPad models spotted in regulatory database

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in iPad edited April 4

Two unannounced iPads have now been listed on a regulatory database, which are expected to be the long-rumored new iPad Pro or iPad Air.

Using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
Using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil



As happened with the iPhone 15 in August 2023, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) appears to be the first regulatory body to list new iPad models. The entry is for two models, and it means that they have passed the tests they must before they are allowed to be sold in that territory.

First spotted by 91mobiles, there is practically no detail being shown publicly yet. The BIS listing purely says that there are new iPads made by Apple, and lists two model numbers, A2836 and A2837.

Consequently, it's not possible to determine whether these are the expected iPad Pro or iPad Air models. The fact that there are two with sequential numbers suggests that it's one device that comes in two screen sizes, or one device with Wi-Fi and the other with Wi-Fi and 5G.

Previously, only the iPad Pro has come in two sizes. It has been repeatedly rumored, however, that the next iPad Air is going to come in two sizes.

What's least likely is that India's database listing refers to both the iPad Air and the iPad Pro. Based on previous experience BIS appears to treat different sizes as entirely different models for testing, as do all regulators.

Previous rumors have consistently claimed that there will multiple iPads releasing shortly, though the date of that keeps changing.

Separately, recent reports have claimed that Apple has ordered 8.5 million OLED display panels for the new iPad Pro. It's believed that this is the number Apple expects to sell over the whole of 2024.

Where the biggest update to the iPad Air would be the rumored increase in display size with a 12.9-inch model. For the iPad Pro, it's the move to an OLED screen that is likely to be the big differentiator from previous models.

OLED displays are brighter than current screens and they are thinner because they do not require backlighting. However, they are sufficiently costly to make that it's been predicted the price of the new iPad Pro will be much higher than before.



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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    robjnrobjn Posts: 283member
    Apple have made some puzzling decisions with recent iPad releases. Cheaper models with features people want on the Pro model, limited differentiation between models and a confusing mess of accessory compatibility limitations.

    Hopefully, the long wait for new models means that Apple have taken the time to resolve the problems. I think the Air might be ready, if it is they need to hold it until the Pro is ready because if they release a new Air that is better than the current Pro people will lose their minds.
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 4
    Here is my two cents on iPad.

    Make the line:
    iPad - Has to be actually cheap with Touch ID (aimed at cheaper markets like brasil and India.)
    iPad Air - The current pro could be an air. no high refresh rate (most people won't notice).
    iPad Pro - OLED display high refresh rate, maybe a new design on the back. Magsafe and USB C. Runs full Mac OS and All iPad apps (no developer choice). could be a little ticker to accommodate the extra battery.

    All models with landscape camera, 
    All models compatible with Apple Pencil 3, and the cheaper pencil that lacks pressure sensitivity
    Processors could be:
    M1 for iPad
    M2 for Air
    M3 for Pro

    iPad - you want a tablet but is poor or live in a third world country.
    iPad Air - want a tablet to consume media, do ocasional gaming and light work
    iPad Pro - Could be an actual replacement for a computer - with full Mac OS.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 4
    danoxdanox Posts: 2,988member
    Here is my two cents on iPad.

    Make the line:
    iPad - Has to be actually cheap with Touch ID (aimed at cheaper markets like brasil and India.)
    iPad Air - The current pro could be an air. no high refresh rate (most people won't notice).
    iPad Pro - OLED display high refresh rate, maybe a new design on the back. Magsafe and USB C. Runs full Mac OS and All iPad apps (no developer choice). could be a little ticker to accommodate the extra battery.

    All models with landscape camera, 
    All models compatible with Apple Pencil 3, and the cheaper pencil that lacks pressure sensitivity
    Processors could be:
    M1 for iPad
    M2 for Air
    M3 for Pro

    iPad - you want a tablet but is poor or live in a third world country.
    iPad Air - want a tablet to consume media, do ocasional gaming and light work
    iPad Pro - Could be an actual replacement for a computer - with full Mac OS.

    Full Mac OS on a iPad keep dreaming (maybe when Microsoft makes good competitve ARM hardware with an actual Apple level port of their Windows OS to a different chip architecture which is fully compatible to the systems of the past?)
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 4
    jdiamondjdiamond Posts: 127member
    danox said:
    ...

    Full Mac OS on a iPad keep dreaming (maybe when Microsoft makes good competitve ARM hardware with an actual Apple level port of their Windows OS to a different chip architecture which is fully compatible to the systems of the past?)
    That's how I've always felt - until I tried it.  You can try it, too - just run a VNC app that connects to the screen of your Mac Laptop.  It sounds like it would work well, but it just didn't.  The main reason was the screen size, the GUI element size, and accuracy of controls.  These are not impossible details to fix - and of course, the old 11" Macbook was somewhat useful.   But it's just not as big a win as you might think - I encourage you to give it a shot. :) The rumored 16" or 20" iPads might help this, but they won't be portable.  So does a touch based MacOS actually work, or are you really just looking for a 12" Macbook replacement?  (Those I found incredibly useful.)
    watto_cobra
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