Four new Apple tablets break cover ahead of WWDC 2017

Ahead of WWDC, a new regulatory approval listing has revealed the existence of four new Apple tablets – potentially iPad Pro devices.

We’ve previously covered rumours that Apple is working to unveil a new iPad Pro at its forthcoming WWDC event, and now – thanks to listings appearing on a French regulatory approval checklist – we’re left to predict that we may just see more than one iPad revealed at the event.
Consomac lists four new ‘tablet PC’ devices running iOS as registered by Apple, which share the regulatory numbers A1670, A1671, A1701, and A1709.
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It remains unclear as to what form each tablet device could take, such as whether the devices could be representative of the Pro, standard, or Mini line.
However, one such indication could be found in the fact that Apple was reportedly mulling a decision to kill off the iPad Mini brand in order to centralise its effort on the new, budget iPad and iPad Pro.
Rumours have previously pointed to the existence of a new iPad Pro that would leverage Apple’s A10X chipset and would bear thinner bezels than anything we’ve yet seen from an Apple-made tablet.
The devices might well be revealed at WWDC this year. While Apple has traditionally used the event to show off its latest improvements in macOS, watchOS, iOS and macOS, early reports have pointed to a number of hardware products being revealed; among them a Siri-powered smart speaker and new MacBook Pro devices.
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