A recent report out of Japan alleged that a seventh-generation iPod touch is in the works, and now it’s been hinted that the device may have no Touch ID nor Face ID. Additionally, evidence has surfaced that new iPad models are being worked on, too, also without Face ID.
iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith has unearthed references to four new iPads from the iOS 12.2 beta, which released for developer testing last week.
“In theory, iOS 12.2 references four new iPads in Wi-Fi and cellular variants, all without Face ID, and an iPod touch with no Touch ID nor Face ID,” he wrote on Twitter.
It’s interesting that the current sixth-generation iPod touch uses the identifier “iPod6,1” but the upcoming model carries the identification string “iPod7,1”.
“I’ve always figured it means they worked on a generation and decided not to ship it, so they skipped,” Steve speculated (I think it signifies a next-generation design).
These new iPad and iPod touch models had been registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission. As first spotted but MySmartPrice, the Eurasian filing lists tablet computers running iOS 12 with the following model numbers:
This database has reveled unreleased Apple devices in the past.
iDownloadBlog’s own Harris Craycraft has taken it upon himself to revisit the sixth-generation iPod touch to see if this under-appreciated App Store machine is still worth it in 2019.
As for the newly referenced iPads without Face ID, these could be fifth-generation iPad mini models and a refresh of the $329 9.7-inch iPad, in Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular editions.
We saw leaks of some iPad mini 5 parts in the past few months so we fully expect these new mini tablets to arrive in time for the spring. The low-cost iPad, according to one report, could have a bit larger screen at ten inches diagonally.
Other new features discovered in the iOS 12.2 beta include Apple News expansion to Canada, HomeKit TV support and a new magazine-subscription service (Apple may even be working on a Netflix-like subscription service for games).
Smaller changes in the iOS 12.2 beta that we managed to spot include a new Add Money button for Apple Pay Cash in the Wallet app, redesigned AirPlay icons, an overhauled Apple TV Remote widget in Control Center which now takes up the entire screen and more.
How cool would a next-generation iPod touch be, do you think?
Would you rather be interested in the next iPad mini?
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