Late last week, Apple filed seven new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The filings, which are required for Apple to sell devices in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia, are yet another sign that a new-for-2019 entry level iPad and a new iPad mini 5 are likely on the way.
The new model numbers filed with the Eurasian Economic Commission are as follows: A2123, A2124, A2126, A2153, A2154, A2133, and A2152. These all represent variants of a new 9.7″ entry level iPad as well as an updated iPad mini. These filings add to the recent flood of rumors and supply chain information that suggests Apple is planning to update these iPad models this year, as early as March. March tends to be the release month for these types of updates from Apple.
Of particular interest to many is a new iPad mini. The 7.9″ model has not been updated since September 2015, a lifetime ago in this rapid moving world of technology. Yet it remains one of the more popular models because of its size. A new model with an updated processor would be a welcome update.
Filings with the EEC often foreshadow what Apple plans on releasing globally. Back in October 2018, there were multiple filings for Mac devices. These turned out to be the updated MacBook Air lineup. EEC filings in the past have also foreshadowed other releases such as the AirPods and Apple Watch.