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(Pocket-lint) - Apple is reportedly working on new iPad models - not iPad Pro models - and new evidence has surfaced to suggest that may be true.

Apple's iPad Mini 4 is quite long in the tooth at this point, and is in dire need of an update. When Apple launched an entry-level iPad last year, it was assumed the iPad Mini would be killed off. However, new iPad model numbers have made their way into the the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) database, including one for a purported iPad Mini 5 device, as spotted by MySmartPrice.

The models A2123, A2124, A2153, A2154, A2133 and A2152 appeared in the Russian certification agency's database. But there were no other clues, including specs, listed with the numbers. Nevertheless, it's been reported the 7.9-inch iPad Mini will receive an update. Keep in mind last year's iPad is also expected to get refresh. A 10-inch model with thinner bezels has been rumoured.

If previous reporting is true, the iPad Mini 5 will launch in the first half of 2019. Digitimes, which has a so-so track record (but does have well-connected sources in the supplier industry in Asia), recently claimed Apple suppliers are ramping up production on touchscreens for two new iPad models that are expected to launch in the first half of this year. And one of them will be the Mini 5.

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For more about what we want to see from the next iPad, see Pocket-lint's guide.

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on 25 January 2019.