New sign indicates iPad Pro update is imminent

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2018 iPad Pro concept art
The new iPads can't come soon enough.
Photo: Álvaro Pabesio

The long wait for new iPad Pros may be nearly over if a recent filing by Apple in Asia is any indication that Apple has finalized its product lineup.

This week it was discovered that Apple just registered three new iPad models with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Apple also registered a new Bluetooth device with MIIT, which could be a new Apple Pencil for the iPads.

According to MySmartPrice’s findings, Apple registered iPad model numbers A1876, A1980, and A1993 with MIIT at the end of September. Those first model numbers were also in a Eurasian Economic Commission filing from July, the A1993 model number hasn’t been seen before.

Now that Apple has filed the same iPad Pro models in different countries, it should be a good sign that a launch could be happening soon.

Apple is expected by some fans to host a keynote sometime in October. The keynote could cover new Macs and iPads for the holiday season. It’s getting later into the month though and there’s still no sign of the event, so Apple could just choose to reveal the new products online only.

New iPad Pro features are expected to include a bezel-free display, A12X processor, Face ID, more RAM and other internal improvements. Apple also supposedly plans to ditch Lightning on the new iPads in favor of USB-C.