We could be weeks away from the first Apple event of the year and it looks like it could be filled with new products.
The latest filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission, spotted by French site Consomac, lists three new Macs recently registered with the agency. One is a laptop (A2681) and two are desktops (A2615, A2686) and all of them are obviously running macOS 12 Monterey.
The event, which could take place as early as March 8, is almost certain to bring a new iPhone SE and iPad Air, which will likely be minor updates. The iPhone SE would have the same iPhone 8-based body as the current model, but bring a 5G network, an A15 processor and an improved camera. Likewise, the iPad Air is expected to keep the same design but also feature an A15 processor, an improved camera with Center Stage and 5G support.
Macs could be much more interesting. Apple has several new Macs in the works, including a significantly redesigned MacBook Air and a 27-inch iMac. An EEC filing isn’t necessarily an indication that a new Mac will be announced next month, however. Apple often registers devices with the regulator months before they hit shelves.
But with many rumors of new Macs, a spring release seems likely. The most likely candidate would be the 27-inch iMac or a high-end Mac mini, both of which should come with M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. The larger iMac will also get a new design to match the 24-inch iMac launched at last year’s spring event, while the Mac mini is also in line for a new slimmer case and enhanced specifications. The laptop could be replaced by a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, but both would need an as-yet-unreleased processor, the M2. There are rumors that this chip will come closer to the drop, but Apple’s roadmap is constantly evolving.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod is the iWalk. His obsession with technology dates back to his first PC, the IBM Thinkpad with the flip-up keyboard to replace the disk. He’s still waiting for it to come back in style.