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Apple Registers New Macs with European Regulatory Database

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Apple has registered new Mac credentials with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).

First spotted by French outlet Consomac, the EEC database entries are the latest to out unannounced Macs. Any device that offers encryption and is intended to be sold in Russia and surrounding countries needs to first be registered in the EEC database.

Four new entries in the Eurasian Economic Commission’s regulatory database together list a total of 64 Apple devices — though only five have not appeared before. It’s unusual to see so many re-listings, and the EEC database does not explain them, but the new devices are required to be listed before they can go on sale.

All five of the entirely new entries are Macs listed, in translation, as “personal computers of the Apple trademark, and spare parts for it.” They are running “macOS software version 11.0.” These new devices have the model numbers A2348, A2438, A2439, A2337, and A2338.

Also listed and not yet released are Macs with macOS Big Sur model numbers A2147, A2158, and A2182. These three were previously listed on the EEC database in June 2019.

Given that this original date comes before the release of macOS Catalina, it’s possible that the re-listings are all to do with the devices now being registered as coming with macOS Big Sur installed.

It’s worth noting that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously stated that Apple’s leap into the first Macs with Apple Silicon would be a MacBook Pro and an iMac. Other rumours have said Apple will bring back the 12-inch MacBook.

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