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After months of betas and rumors, Apple released iOS 7.1 to the public today. The update features a number of improvements, and apparently it also includes support for two new, unannounced tablet models: the iPad4,3 and the iPad 4,6.

Before you get too excited though, the consensus is that these new models likely represent minor hardware revisions for existing iPads, rather than all-new products. It seems the model numbers aren’t very far off from current iPad models…

It’s also possible that these numbers could represent devices headed to new markets. Some carriers, such as China Mobile, use different technology than others, requiring Apple to build separate iPhones/iPads with slightly different internals.

Both of Apple’s tablet lines were updated in fall 2013, with the full-sized iPad getting an ‘Air’ makeover and the mini gaining a Retina display. And we haven’t heard much in terms of 2014 tablet updates, except for the oft-rumored ‘iPad Pro.’

Last year, Apple quietly released a ‘new’ third generation Apple TV with a redesigned A5 chip.

  • Thanh

    Meanwhile I don’t even have Sito on my ipad 2,1

    • *Siri

      • Thanh

        Oops. Auto correct

      • NaSty

        Thats a bit weird isnt it? Apple’s autocorrect doesnt recognise the word ‘Siri’ :/

      • Rowan09

        It does it for me.

      • I typed the following in on my iPhone: “Hi my name is siri.” It capitalized it to “Siri” rather than convert it to “Sito.” The issue must be specific to the autocorrect dictionary on Thanh’s device.

      • Liam Mulcahy

        Wow

      • Guest

        What?

      • Thanh

        I have an Android

      • Oh ok.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    So why even have an article for this….kinda gets our hopes up….

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      It’s still news that’s why, even if it is obvious news…

    • Justice and Malice

      Clicks. It’s all about clicks. Clicks=$$$

      • felixtaf

        Yeah… So you think iDB runs with air and water? Clicks = $$$ = Expenses + Profit. Afterall they do have a family to support!

      • Justice and Malice

        I never said I agreed/disagreed with it. I merely stated it was for clicks.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Lmao true very true

  • David Gitman

    what about new iphone model?

    • Jonathan

      The iPhone will most likely be announced in Fall, and by then iOS 7.2/8.0 will be released.

    • smtp25

      New iPhone better have a larger screen or I think its close to game over for iPhone. Sounds bit drastic but that would mean another year before they would be likely to have a new hardware refresh.

      Had the iPhone 4, 4S came out (no reason to upgrade), 5 & 5S came out (still no reason to upgrade), 6? (Wouldn’t have gotten off the iP4 if the power ic didn’t fry)

      • Wait you mean if someone has an iPhone 3G or 3GS there is no reason to upgrade to an iPhone 4S or 5c/5s? I used to have the 3GS and I upgraded to the 5c a few weeks ago. It’s so much better.

      • smtp25

        There must be a very small number of 3g/3gs compared with iPhone 4+ owners. So more people with a 4 or 4s considering a new phone and the trend is larger screens

  • n0ahcruz3

    Ipad air s
    Ipad mini 2s

  • pauleebe

    But if China mobile has different iPhone/iPad models, wouldn’t we also see new iPhone model designations as well?

    Seems that they could actually be model refreshes of some sort …

  • disqus_tUVYWY85px

    And A7x chip should come out recently, apple have published iPad with iOS x.1 since 4.1

  • felixtaf

    iPad Pro and iPad air C! lol lol

  • smtp25

    The ONLY good thing about new iPads released is that they will be on 7.1 which doesn’t have a jailbreak. Makes me feel better about owning an ‘OLD’ iPad Air.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    It would be nice to have a larger iPad but price, durability and PRO apps could all be issues with the first model.

  • Tyler

    This is a stupid article