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Apple could prepare to introduce up to five new MacBook models and five new iPad models in the second half of 2018, regulatory documents from Eurasia have revealed.
Deposits with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), first discovered by French-speaking site Consomac.fr, are required by any company seeking to market devices using encryption in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.
Among the new part numbers are five model identifiers that are believed to coincide with the refresh of new MacBook models: A1931, A1932, A1988, A1989, and A1990. Of these, the last three reference numbers refer to the 2018 updates of the MacBook Pro 13 “, MacBook Pro 13” with TouchBar, and MacBook Pro 15 “with TouchBar, respectively.
Identifying the first two Mac part numbers appears to be more difficult, as their numbering convention does not coincide with pre-existing model identifiers adopted by Apple. One potential explanation is that Apple is adopting these benchmarks to update its ultra-light notebooks, namely the MacBook 12 “and MacBook Air 13” offerings.
As it stands, updates to the company’s most portable laptop – the MacBook 12 “- have been few and far between since the product line launched in 2015, and few Information has been leaked from the company regarding an upcoming update. On the other hand, research reports from fairly reliable sources have hinted at a 2018 update of the MacBook Air 13 “which, according to in all likelihood, would borrow a lot from the more modern design of the MacBook 12 “.
It is therefore possible that A1931 and A1932 represent a consolidation of the MacBook 12 “and MacBook Air 13” offerings, A1931 referring to an updated MacBook 12 “and A1932 referring to a redesign of the MacBook Air 13” offer which would closely correspond to the 12 “, only with a larger screen of 13 or even 14 inches.
Likewise, the same Eurasian dataset also revealed Apple’s apparent plans for a drastic refresh of its iPad tablet offerings, although the five product numbers – A1876, A2013, A1934, A1979, A2014 – are in nature more mysterious than their Mac counterparts.
A pair of reports dating back to last year claim that Apple has been working on a “high-end” iPad for release as early as this year that would sport a thinner bezel and incorporate facial recognition alongside and a TrueDepth camera and an edge. – 11-inch screen that would replace the need for a home button and Touch ID.
While the EWC documents do not offer any insight into when Apple plans to release some or all of the new offerings, it should be noted that each of the new Mac part numbers has been filed with references to an existing version of Mac OS ( macOS 10.13) and the iPad part numbers related to the current version of iOS 11. This would seem to indicate that some or all models could theoretically launch before the release of macOS 10.4 and iOS 12 in September, although it is Very unlikely that Apple will unveil any new iPads by the time of its annual iPhone event in September.