News round-up: Apple registers five unleashed iPad models (and more)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, we’ll frequently offer a wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

Apple has registered five unreleased iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, including A2068, A2197, A2198, A2228, A2230, according to listings uncovered by MySmartPrice and confirmed by MacRumors. Some of them are doubtless new iPad Pros expected to be unveiled in September, along with new iPhones and Apple Watches.

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Apple’s HomePod is due to arrive in Japan sometime this summer, according to Apple's regional website.

Apple has added certified refurbished 2019 iMac models to its online store in the U.S. and Canada.

On the RBC Disruptors podcast, Apple's former retail chief Angela Ahrendts revealed that Apple's retail employee retention rate rose from 61% to a "historic high" of "nearly 89%” during her five-year tenure at the company. 

Mobile gaming hit new heights in the second quarter as consumers downloaded 11.2 billion games on iOS and Android, according to mobile data and insights firm AppAnnie.

In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Gov. Tony Evers said Foxconn is expected to begin production at its new factory next year with fewer workers than initially promised. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer had promised to hire 13,000 people — including 1,800 by the end of 2020 — in exchange for more than $4 billion in incentives. Evers said the company has told him it plans to employ 1,500 people when production begins next May.