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Apple accidentally listed four new iPad Pro models on its website

Igor Bonifacic
Contributing Writer
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An iPad Pro refresh could be imminent if what appears to be an accidental leak on Apple's part is any indication. Over on its Chinese website, the company temporarily listed four new iPad Pro models in a support document. Canadian Apple blog iPhone in Canada was the first website to spot and screenshot the manual before Apple updated it to remove any references to the new tablets.

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Notably, two of the models, A2228 and A2229, match recent filings the company made with the Eurasian Economic Commission. In the past, new database listings with the ECC have typically foreshadowed new releases from Apple.

As for what to expect from the new iPad Pro, analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has said the tablet will feature a triple-lens main camera array with 3D sensing capabilities. Frequent Apple leaker Sonny Dickson corroborated this rumor partway through last year when he shared what he claimed was a "final design" mockup of the new 11-inch iPad Pro. However, the most exciting change might not have anything to do with new hardware. Late last month, The Information said Apple was preparing to start producing a new keyboard accessory with a built-in trackpad, suggesting iPadOS 14 will feature more robust mouse support. In other words, the iPad Pro may finally live up to its billing as a laptop replacement.

The question then becomes whether Apple will announce the new iPad Pro anytime soon. In November, Bloomberg said the tablet could arrive "as early as" the first half of 2020. Of course, that was before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.