Unreleased desktop Mac, probably overhauled iMac, has been spotted in regulatory filings

A new, unreleased desktop Mac computer model, bearing model number “A2330” and running macOS 10.15, has been spotted in Eurasian regulatory filings alongside the iPhone 12 models.

First spotted by MySmartPrice this morning, the iPhone maker has now added the following new model identifiers to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database:

Desktop Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15:

  • A2330

iPhone 12 models running iOS 12:

  • A2176
  • A2172
  • A2341
  • A2342
  • A2399
  • A2403
  • A2407
  • A2408
  • A2411

Leaker Sonny Dickson two days ago alleged that Tim Cook & Co. might be planning to launch a redesigned iMac featuring all-flash storage, AMD’s new Navi GPU, slim bezels, the T2 security chip and other perks at the upcoming virtual WWDC event which kicks off June 22.

For what it’s worth, some iMac models on the online Apple store are in low supply which could be interpreted as a strong indication of imminent refresh (Apple is apparently launching a Mac-focused trade-in initiative in the US and Canada soon, so there’s that).

The Cupertino company is expected to share details about its rumored switch to in-house desktop processors for Macs. However, we don’t think that the model identifier “A2330” references Apple’s first ARM-ed Mac because both Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are adamant that first ARM-powered Macs won’t launch before 2021.

As for the iPhone 12 identifiers, a yesterday report from DigiTimes said Apple will complete the second phase of Engineering Validation and Testing (EVT) for the iPhone 12 series by the end of June so we view those model identifiers as a confirmation of the DigiTimes report.

9to5Mac has more on that:

You may notice that these new iPhones are reported as running iOS 13. This has happened in previous years with the Eurasian listings; Apple often submits the same products multiple times, with different software specs. So we would expect to see these model identifiers turn up again in a few months, but associated with iOS 14 instead.

We’re expecting four iPhone models this year — one new entry-level 5.4-inch model, two mid-tier 6.1-inch models and one flagship 6.7-inch model — all of them rocking OLED displays.

MySmartPrice explains:

Going by the model numbers, it looks like the Apple A2176 and the Apple A2172 are the affordable models in the series (most probably the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Max). The Apple A2341, A2342, A2399, A2403, A2407, A2408, and the Apple A2411 seem to be different variants of the high-end models in the series (most probably the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max). Although, we are not sure about it. The EEC certification reveals that all these smartphones run on the iOS 13 operating system.

No matter how you look at it, the EEC database has indeed become a pretty reliable source of information regarding upcoming Apple products, with their recent discoveries including the correct model numbers for the recent iPad iPad refresh and the new iPhone SE, for instance.