New iPads, MacBooks leaked via Eurasian listing

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Apple fans have been waiting for new iPads and Macs for months on end, with very little in the way of official word. Here to offer some respite is the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) which recently registered a number of tablets and laptops made by the iPhone maker.

French website Consomac was the first to spot the filing. Very little can be gleaned directly from the list, but there are a couple of clues hidden here and there. For one, the Macs have the model numbers A1931, A1932, A1988, A1989 and A1990.

Apple 2018 MacBooks

MacRumors thinks this is an indication that Apple is working on 2 separate MacBook ranges. The A1988, A1989 and A1990 might have something to do with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with and without Touch Bar and the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The A1931 and A1932 may just be references to the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Air replacement. The $999 MacBook Air hasn’t been refreshed in years. Rumor has it that Apple is phasing it out and putting a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook in its place by the second half of 2018.

The laptop was supposed to come out earlier, but got delayed till much later. Perhaps it’s finally ready to come out now. Dates are uncertain, but an unveiling will probably happen after the 2018 iPhones debut in September.

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As for the iPads, there are 5 of them around. Speculation so far has suggested tablets which don’t have home buttons, favor Face ID, sport narrow bezels for more screen space, carry an 11-inch display, and run on a faster processor.

The listing doesn’t confirm any of this, but it does state that the Macs run on macOS 10.13 and the iPads run on iOS 11. Both devices will probably get upgraded to the latest version of their respective builds before launch.