Apple is planning a blitz of new Macs, MacBooks and iPads in a major launch expected within months. The new devices are intended to address widespread criticisms that the company's computing range is dated and offers poor value for money.
The evidence comes in the form of filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission, which requires devices featuring encryption to be sold in member countries to be pre-registered. The references to different operating systems indicates that Apple is planning suggests that the company is planning to launch five MacBook laptops and five new iPads.
Three of the laptops are believed to be the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros - the 13-inch model comes both with and without Apple's Touch Bar innovation. The other two is believed to be a refreshed 12-inch MacBook and a replacement for the ageing MacBook Air.
The five iOS devices have all been identified as tablet PCs, rather than iPhones, although the Eurasian Economic Commission received filings for eleven iPhone models back in April. While the filing provides little details about the actual models, that hasn't stopped anyone from speculating.
MacRumors suggests that Apple is planning a number of new iPad Pro models with slimmer edges, upgraded CPU, Apple's custom-built GPU and a camera capable of supporting Apple's Face ID biometric authentication technology.
However, the filings raise some question marks over the operating system - MacOS 10.13 in the case of the MacBooks and iOS 11 for the iPads. The filings suggest that the new MacBooks will be launched before the next MacOS update, MacOS Mojave, while Apple normally releases updates to iOS in conjunction with major iPad and iPhone launches.
The filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission were spotted by French hardware site Consomac.fr.
Earlier this week, freshly filed benchmarks were spotted on Geekbench suggesting that Apple was planning to launch new MacBooks based on Intel Coffee Lake Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs.
The new MacBooks could be the last new products from Apple based on Intel microprocessors, with the company strongly rumoured to be planning a shift to ARM-based CPU architectures some time in 2020.
The Eurasian Economic Commission is a trade grouping led by Russia, including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The organisation only began operating just over five years ago with the intention of building a customs union among the states of the former Soviet Union.
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