According to new details shared by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, Apple’s upcoming iPad mini 5 and next-generation iPad will support Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories. Steve found reference of the upcoming iPad in the latest iOS beta, with codenames of J210, J211, J217, and J218, available in two sizes, respectively for the iPad mini 5 and the sixth generation iPad.
However, unlike the iPad Pro released in October of last year, apparently the new iPad mini and iPad 6 will support Touch ID rather than the Face ID, which makes sense considering that both are positioned as low-cost models, so that will also mean that Apple will ax the Home button unless they developed the under display fingerprint recognition sensor:
It’s hard to glean much information about J210/J211, and J217/J218, the upcoming iPad models. It seems like both iPad sizes support a Smart Keyboard and Pencil. […] Elsewhere it seems like the new iPads get Touch ID, at least, so that’s a little more concrete. it seems like the new iPads get Touch ID, at least, so that’s a little more concrete
Apple is likely to release the new iPad models in March, possibly alongside other accessories like the AirPower wireless charging mat and AirPods 2.
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