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Apple Registers Three New Macs in Eurasia Ahead of Thursday's 'Hello Again' Event

Just three days before Apple's "Hello Again" event, where it is widely expected to announce new Macs, French website Consomac has discovered a new Russian-language regulatory filing, in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, that points towards at least three new models running macOS Sierra launching soon.

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The three new Macs, identified only with model numbers A1706, A1707, A1708, are likely to be new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros alongside a new 13-inch MacBook, which could be a refreshed Air model, based on previous reports. However, adding confusion to the mix is the consecutive sequence of the model numbers.

The filing, published today, satisfies Russia's requirement for companies to register all products containing encryption and/or cryptographic tools.

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Over the weekend, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he believes the highlight of Apple's event on Thursday will be a redesigned MacBook Pro in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, adopting an OLED touch bar and Touch ID sensor, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, and the same butterfly keyboard design introduced on the MacBook in 2015.

The all-new MacBook Pro is also expected to have faster Intel Skylake processors and faster graphics, possibly including the option of AMD "Polaris" graphics on higher-end models. Kuo said Apple will offer a new option of 2TB SSD storage, while it or a third-party supplier will release a MagSafe-like USB-C charging adapter.

The new 13-inch MacBook, meanwhile, is likely to be a refreshed MacBook Air, which would align with other rumors claiming that only the 13-inch MacBook Air will be seeing an update with new USB-C ports. However, there is an outside chance the model could be a slightly larger version of the current 12-inch MacBook.

The loosely translated filing refers to the Macs as "portable personal computers," effectively ruling out the iMac and Mac Pro.



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22 weeks ago
What's with the step back on the brilliant Magsafe conector?

I cannot count the number of times that has saved my MBP from destruction.
Rating: 33 Votes
22 weeks ago
No Mac Pro. No Mini. No iMac.

Apple has turned into a fashion gimmick company, and they're more interested in making iPhones and $15,000 watches.

The iPhone is a great device, but it's become the company's bread and butter. The Mac is dying.

Which sucks, because people need Macs to develop for iOS. Letting the Mac stagnate means flipping off your iOS developer base.
Rating: 33 Votes
22 weeks ago

No new Watch bands?

That joke is getting older than the Mac Pro....
Rating: 28 Votes
22 weeks ago
The MagSafe bit...why do they eliminate things that make their products brilliant!? What's next, the backlit keyboard?
Rating: 27 Votes
22 weeks ago
No mac mini? Sniff...
Rating: 26 Votes
22 weeks ago
Upgrade to 2TB SSD, +$1,500 - Add to cart - :oops:
Rating: 21 Votes
22 weeks ago
Tim,

Please update the Mac Pro.

Thanks
Rating: 18 Votes
22 weeks ago
17in rMBP?
Rating: 16 Votes
22 weeks ago
Next year, the 12" MacBook may be replaced with a revived 11" variant.

So, altogether we'll have:

11" and 13" MacBook
13" and 15" MacBook Pro

As far as naming goes, there will be a Pro version and a non-Pro version of most products, that's it, no more Minis or Airs:

iPad - iPad Pro
iPhone - iPhone Pro
Mac - Mac Pro
MacBook - MacBook Pro
Rating: 12 Votes
22 weeks ago
It was unprofessional of them to keep pro users in the dark for so long.
At this point it would be grotesque if they won't at least tell us what will happen with the Mac Pro.
Rating: 11 Votes

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