Expectations were already pretty high that Apple would launch new Apple Watches next month, alongside new iPhones and potentially iPads, but we now have the closest thing to a confirmation that we will get ahead of that official Apple announcement.
According to French blog Concomac, Apple has today filed six new Apple Watch model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The models listed are A1977, A1978, A1975, A1976, A2007, and A2008 and all are confirmed as running watchOS 5.
For those unfamiliar with the process here, any encrypted device sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, or Russia needs to be registered with the EEC. This has previously provided an insight into which devices Apple is about to announce with the AirPods, some iPad Pros, and the iPhone 7/7 Plus amongst the devices that appeared with the EEC a couple of weeks before they were announced. That all seems very likely to fit with existing beliefs that the Apple Watch Series 4 would be announced early next month, and with this latest news, we think that is an almost certainty.
While we don’t know all that much about the new Apple Watches just yet, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year that we could expect longer battery life, improved health monitoring, and a larger display to come as part of the 2018 Apple Watch refresh. It looks like we will know for sure soon enough, with September 12th looking most likely to be the date during which Apple will announce its latest wares.
Alongside the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple is expected to announce new iPhones, new iPad Pros, and possibly new MacBooks of some sort, too. Further news on the availability of the much-maligned AirPower charging station is also expected to be shared.