Apple registers three new Mac model numbers ahead of expected March event

Apple has registered three new Macs in the Eurasian regulatory database: A2615, A2686, and A2681, with one of these models described as a laptop.

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 delivers game-changing performance and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.
Apple’s current 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 delivers game-changing performance and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.

Benjamin Mayo for 9to5Mac:

A couple of weeks ago, we also saw the Eurasian database register iPhone and iPad models, likely signalling the forthcoming unveiling of a new iPhone SE generation with 5G support, and a spec-bumped iPad Air.

Bloomberg recently said that Apple is planning its first (virtual) media event of the year to take place on March 8, hinting that ‘a new Mac’ may be ready to show off there. Apple products usually appear in the Eurasian database roughly 1-3 months before release, so this timing makes sense.

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  1. Three new models may mean upgrades for the three original M1 Macs from 2020. However, the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro seems unnecessary now with truly “pro” MacBooks in two sizes. A MacBook Pro should not be “entry-level.”

    Call it just “MacBook” at 13-inch and make it the model most Apple laptop customers choose. And add a new “MacBook Air” that fills the space left open by the old Intel 11.6-inch MacBook Air (and short-lived 12-inch MacBook). Ultra compact and light, with 12-inch screen. Both take full advantage of Apple Silicon’s efficiency and low heat, shedding the Intel-era casing. The third model is hopefully a new design very-mini Mac mini. The current Intel-era casing is mostly empty space.

    1. They should make the Mac Mini small enough to fit in your hand, with some extra power saving features to ensure good battery life. You could add a really small but pixel dense screen and have a Mac for everyone’s pocket. Sounds crazy but I think it would be a hit!

  2. No desktop computer should fit in the palm of your hand. Those are called iPhones and they suck for doing significant processing, display, or GPU intensive computing work of any kind. Make the Mini a real desktop computer that people can afford, with some room to upgrade over time. It doesn’t have to be small, and it doesn’t need to come with an extravagantly expensive alyoooominyum chassis milled and polished by elves in Jony’s spare garage. Most people would be much more impressed by the visual and capability offered by a new Cube than any computer that looks like an AppleTV puck, which has no chance of offering even the bare minimum ports that users need, let alone the power supply and cooling needed to sustain normal desktop computing workloads.

    The next Mini needs more power, more ports, better cooling for sustained operations, internal space for at least 2 drives of the user’s choosing, and preferably the RAM should be user-upgradable too. If Apple can’t see their way to make a proper chassis designed for internal upgrades, then they need to launch a full array of accessories that match the Mini: units for eGPU, RAID storage, or kickass dock station with all the important ports — all matching the Mini footprint and finish, at affordable prices without the “Pro” markup.

    It’s long past time that Apple made a Mini that was more than just a highly compromised laptop missing its screen and keyboard. Make a proper affordable desktop computer already!!!!

    IMHO Apple has completely missed the boat on desktop machines, and in so doing, they’ve lost a huge chunk of the business market. Real desktop machines in Mini, a new Mac tower, and Mac Pro configurations could fill the huge holes in Apple’s lineup.

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