Apple Registers Seven New MacBook Models in Eurasian Regulatory Filings
Apple has registered seven unreleased MacBook models in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database, suggesting new Mac hardware is on the horizon.
A new report from MacRumors explains that Apple appears to be gearing up to release a range of new MacBook models in the near future. The seven models numbers registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission are A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182, and A2251.
According to the report, the models are labeled as “portable” computers, leading to expectations they will be MacBooks rather than new iMacs, iPhones or iPads.
Given that Apple has already unveiled its 2019 refresh of the MacBook Pro lineup, it is possible that we are looking at a potential 12-inch Retina MacBook refresh which was last updated in 2017. If refreshed, the 12-inch MacBook will likely come with faster chips from Intel for better performance. It is not expected to receive any other meaningful update.
A 16-inch MacBook Pro could also very well be one of the registered model numbers, as a larger model has been rumoured for some time. The latest news on the larger MacBook variant, however, was that the model would not be coming in 2019.
The EEC database, through which companies are legally required to list encrypted devices sold or due to be sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia, has a proven track record of showing new Apple hardware months before their official release.