“A pair of photos supposedly snapped by a worker in Apple’s Asian supply chain show what appears to be a next-generation iPad bearing an unknown device identification number, suggesting the company is preparing production of a successor model,” AppleInsider reports.
“The picture set, sent in to AppleInsider by an anonymous tipster on Sunday, is said to originate from within a Chinese supplier currently working on an iPad Pro model scheduled to go into production in late September,” AppleInsider reports. “The device is identified as model number MH1C2CD/F, a designation not assigned to any current or past iPad models. The identifier does, however, follow Apple’s device numbering convention, which applies derivatives of order number ML0G2LL/A — ML3N2LL/A for cellular models — to existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro iterations.”
“If the photos are indeed legitimate, they provide a few clues that suggest the pictured unit is a pre-production or prototype device,” AppleInsider reports. “For example, the tablet is carrying only 12 gigabytes of storage, just enough for loading an operating system and apps for internal testing and hardware debugging.”
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