Apple Registers New MacBook and iPad Model Numbers in Eurasia

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Apple has registered new iPads and MacBooks with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) which points to an imminent release of these devices. As discovered by Consomac, Apple has registered five new Macs with the model numbers A1931, A1932, A1988, A1989, and A1990.

The numbers point to two different series of MacBooks which could point to Apple updating the Touch Bar and non-Touch Bar variant of the 13-inch alongside the 15-inch MacBook Pro. It is the A1931 and A1932 model numbers which are interesting as they point to a refreshed MacBook variant. There have been rumors of Apple working on a cheaper MacBook Air replacement with a Retina Display and these model numbers might just be of that device.

A Geekbench listing from yesterday showed a MacBook Pro with a Coffee Lake Core i7 processor which further adds credence to a possible refresh of the lineup from the Cupertino company. Apart from using Intel’s latest processors, it is unclear what other improvements Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro lineup will pack.

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Additionally, Apple has also registered the model number for five new iPads with the model number A1876, A2013, A1934, A1979, and A2014. While it is difficult to identify the exact variant these model numbers are referring to, they clearly point to a device running iOS 11. Apple is expected to launch a refreshed iPad Pro series this year featuring Face ID, faster internals, slimmer bezels, and ditch the home button for good.

Our Take

What’s interesting is that the filings show the devices as running macOS 10.13 and iOS 11, respectively. This signifies that Apple is preparing to launch its refreshed MacBook and iPad Pro lineup ahead of its September event where it would formally announce a release date for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. If this indeed happens, it would be a strange move from Apple as macOS Mojave and iOS 12 pack in a number of new features and enhancements that are better suited to take advantage of the new hardware improvements that these devices will pack.

Back in February, Apple had registered two new devices with the ECC, and a month later, it ended up unveiling the 6th generation iPad. A company is legally bound to register any device with encryption that it plans to sell in Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Usually, whenever Apple registers some new products at the ECC, it ends up unveiling them after a few weeks. So, it looks like we may see the company unveil its 2018 MacBook lineup sooner than later.

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