Apple has this week registered new iPads and Macs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
The filings hint that a big refresh could be just around the corner. Recent reports have promised that Apple is preparing a slew of new devices for a late 2018 launch alongside the next-generation iPhone lineup.
Before Apple can sell devices that support encryption in certain parts of Europe, it must first register them with the EEC. It typically does this fairly close to an official unveiling so that details don’t leak out too early.
This week, Apple made a whole bunch of filings for new iPads and Macs.
Apple tells the EEC that new devices are on the way
Five new Macs with the model numbers A1931, A1932, A1988, A1989, and A1990 are included, suggesting two different ranges of its computers will be updated.
It’s thought the last three numbers likely pertain to a new MacBook Pros in 13- and 15-inch options, while the first two could reference a new 12-inch MacBook and possibly the long-awaited replacement for the MacBook Air.
There are five iPad model numbers, too. Some of those could be related to the rumored iPad Pro refresh, which is expected to bring larger edge-to-edge displays, Face ID with Animoji, and Apple’s very first custom GPU.
When will they arrive?
What’s particularly interesting about Apple’s filings is that the company lists macOS 10.13 and iOS 11 as the software for these devices, which suggests it might be planning to launch them before macOS Mojave and iOS 12 make their public debuts in September.
It certainly seems possible that new Macs could arrive earlier via an Apple press release, but Apple will surely want to save the new iPads — especially those with significant upgrades — for a big launch event.