Recent reports suggest Apple is planning to launch its long-rumored iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 at a virtual event in Spring. The rumored device refreshes might have just been confirmed after new listings appeared 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.
New Apple products filed in EEC database, including iPhone SE and iPad Air
Apple’s devices have to be registered in the EEC database before they can be sold in Russia and connected countries. 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.
The references in the EEC database appear to consist of iPhone and iPad model numbers, as reported by French site Consomac with each device running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 respectively. Based on recent industry reports surrounding Apple’s upcoming launches, they appear to be related to the iPhone SE and iPad Air.
The iPhone model numbers listed in the database are A2595, A2783, and A2784. The iPad reference numbers are A2436, A2588, A2696, A2759, A2437, A2589, A2591, A2757, A2761, A2766 and A2777.
It was recently reported that Apple’s first special event of 2022 could be another virtual affair held in March or April. While the iPhone SE 3 is expected to be the main launch, Apple is also expected to also announce its fifth-generation iPad Air this spring.
The fifth-generation iPad Air’s rumored specs include the A15 Bionic chip, 5G connectivity, and improvements to the front-facing camera, which will be upgraded to a 12MP ultra-wide sensor and feature Center Stage. The device will also use a similar chassis to the third-generation 11-inch iPad Pro, featuring a twin-lens camera on the back, but it is still believed Apple will continue to use a single-lens camera,
According to a previous report from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next-generation iPhone SE will have a similar design to the current model with a 4.7-inch LCD panel, unlike high-end iPhones which feature OLED panels. Alongside 5G connectivity, the smartphone will be equipped with the A15 Bionic chipset.