Apple registers 3 new Mac models ahead of rumored spring event


M2 MacBook Pro
Is a new M2 chip right around the corner?
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Regulatory filings for three new Mac models have been spotted ahead of Apple’s rumored spring event next month. Recent reports suggest Cupertino could be planning a new MacBook Pro with a next-generation “M2” chipset. Rumors also indicate Apple continues to work on a bigger iMac, a new MacBook Air and a new Mac mini.

The filings come after Apple last month registered a new iPhone and a new iPad — believed to be an upgraded iPhone SE with 5G support and a refreshed iPad Air likely to pack the newest A15 Bionic processor.

Apple paves the way for new Macs

2022 is shaping up to be a stellar year for Apple fans, with the company said to be preparing its “widest array” of new products to date. The first will likely appear next month when Cupertino kicks off its big spring event.

In addition to a new iPhone and iPad, it looks like several new Macs are also on the way. Apple last week registered three machines — with the model numbers A2615, A2686 and A2681 — with the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECC).

The devices run macOS Monterey. While no further details are given, the filings are a clear sign that Apple is preparing for a launch soon. ECC rules state that all devices using encryption must be registered before release.

What is Apple planning?

So, what could we see when it comes to the Mac? Recent reports from a number of reliable sources suggest a refreshed MacBook Pro with a brand-new M2 chip could debut in early 2022, so that’s certainly one possibility.

Apple is also expected to be working on a revamped MacBook Air, as well as a faster Mac mini. We’ve also been waiting for the larger 27-inch iMac and the Mac Pro to finally make the transition to Apple silicon.

However, we were warned that most of these upgrades wouldn’t arrive until later in the year — perhaps after Apple rolls out the iPhone 14 lineup. With that being the case, it looks like there could be surprises at next month’s event.

Via: Consomac


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