French-language publication Consomac.fr has discovered a trio of previously unknown trademarks for unreleased MacBook models as Apple preps to share what’s new for its aging Mac lineup at the “Hello again” media event scheduled for this Thursday, October 27. Apple filed three trademarks for “portable personal computers” in Russia, possibly in order to keep them secret for as long as possible.
It’s worth noting that Russian law requires foreign companies to register any products that use encryption or provide other cryptographic tools.
The documents found in the Eurasian Economic Commission database mention model numbers that cannot be linked to existing hardware: A1706, A1707 and A1708.
The filings corroborate a recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who called for 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro refreshes and the introduction of a new thirteen-inch model in the MacBook lineup (which could be a refreshed MacBook Air model).
New MacBook Pros should sport an OLED touch bar with programmable shortcuts that could change from one app to another, a Touch ID sensor integrated into the power button, low-profile keys with the butterfly keyboard design introduced on the MacBook in 2015, Intel’s Skylake processors, a new option of 2TB SSD storage and more.