As we inch closer to Apple’s official announcements for new hardware in the fall, Apple Watch Series 7 and two new Mac models have popped up in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database. Though there is not much to learn from Apple model numbers, the database filings help give an idea of when the products may launch.
References to Apple Watch Series 7 and two new Macs found in regulatory filings, ahead of official announcements
The tech giant’s devices have to be registered in the EEC database before they can be sold in that area. So, a listing is a good indicator of a product being near launch. Note that there is no set schedule between listing a product and launching it. However, keeping old releases in mind, an EEC entry is usually filed weeks prior to an Apple launch. Not much is revealed in these regulatory filings. Only an internal Apple model numbers coupled with a concise description.
In the most recent filings, there are 19 new entries in the Mac database, but 17 are previously released models and are required to be re-listed with new operating systems. The two unknown “Apple brand laptop personal computers,” have numbers A2442 and A2485. Both machines are listed as running “macOS 12.”
In related news, the EEC database has listed six unknown devices as “personal wearable electronic devices of the Apple brand.” with model numbers A2473, A2474, A2475, A2476, A2477, and A2478. These models are likely references for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7.
The Apple Watch filings also confirm that these models run watchOS 8. A total of 26 products have been listed in the database but note that most of them are previously released devices that had to be entered into the system again because of their new software.
In June, the EEC published seven different filings of new smartphone models compatible with iOS 14. The registered models are presumably part of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 lineup.