Developers have uncovered iPad models codenamed J210, J211, J217 and J218 in the latest iOS beta that come in two sizes. This seems to confirm recent rumors that Apple is soon to release an iPad mini 5, a larger 10-inch display iPad and seventh-generation iPod touch.
What’s interesting though, is the iOS beta also indicates that the two new iPads could support the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. These welcomed additions could make the iPad mini a compelling alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Go. Both iPad models support Touch ID, so the current form factor is unlikely to change.
Updates to the iPod touch and iPad mini are long overdue. The iPad mini 4 was announced on September 9, 2015 at the “Hey Siri” Apple Special Event and the sixth-generation iPod touch on July 15, 2015.