With iOS 12.2 beta 1 now out in the public domain, developers and researchers are pulling it apart to see exactly what lives on the inside. As usual, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has unearthed some important nuggets of information, suggesting that Apple has four new iPad models and a new iPod touch in the pipeline.

In addition to actually giving us new features and functionality, as well as bug fixes and stability improvements, of course, new versions of iOS which are pushed out into the development community can often tell us things about Apple’s future plans and directions.

With this release, Troughton-Smith has found references to four new iPads carrying the identifiers iPad11,1, iPad11,2, iPad11,3, and iPad11,4.

Within those references, it’s evident that both Cellular and Wi-Fi-only models are represented. We’ve recently been privy to some information pertaining to the possibility of Apple introducing a new 9.7-inch iPad as well as a new iPad mini model later this year.

It’s very possible that the aforementioned references relate to those models and include the cellular and Wi-Fi options. It also looks as though there will be no Face ID present on those models.

Additionally, the internals of iOS 12.2 beta 1 also indicates the existence of a brand new seventh-generation iPod touch model, which will also likely ship without Face ID or Touch ID. It seems unusual that Apple would ship any of its new hardware without any form of biometric authentication which is leaving some individuals to suggest that Apple could be planning on trying out a new form of authentication, such as accessing via voice. This is, however, very unlikely on a non-high-end device release.

Whatever Apple is planning, the reveals fit in nicely with recent trends and news. As mentioned, there has been a lot of chat recently relating to iPad and the new models expected this year. We’ve also recently seen Apple update its iPod touch patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to ensure that it covers International Class 28 relating to being a gaming device.

We have a number of new iOS 12.2 betas to go before a final public release so, hopefully, we can find more information out during that release journey.

(Source: @stroughtonsmith [Twitter])

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