Filings from the Eurasian Economics Commission (EEC) indicate that new iPhone models are coming to the market very soon.
Consomac, a French tech website first spotted the filings. The documents indicate the herald of 11 new iPhone models: A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105, and A2106. Currently, these model numbers do not exist in the EEC database.
These filings come from the same commission that also gave us verified info on the Apple AirPods, iPhone 7, new Macbooks, and more Apple devices. These products ended up being introduced to the market, so we can’t discredit this new info from the Commission just yet.
What could these new devices be?
Since these new devices were spotted earlier this morning, speculation has been rampant. The filings don’t give us much to run on, beside saying “smartphone running iOS 11”. However, we can assume a few things based on what we already know.
According to Wikipedia, Apple sells 24 models of iPhone, or 3 models per device. Each of the models (from the X to the SE) differ with regional compatibility and the modem that is included in them. For example, the iPhone X is sold under three different models:
- iPhone X A1865, Qualcomm Modem
- iPhone X A1901, Intel Modem
- iPhone X A1902, sold in Japan
If this same pattern holds true, it could indicate that we’re looking at 3 new devices, with 3 models each, then one more device with 2 models.
We don’t think this is the iPhone 11 or iPhone X Plus either. Both of these devices are slated for Q3 2018 after an expected unveiling at WWDC in June. The major flagships released this year by Apple are rumored to include two OLED models, and one cheaper LCD 6.1-inch model.
That leaves us with only one option
There’s really only one other option that this leaves us: a new line of the iPhone SE. The wildly popular iPhone SE first launched in 2016 with the same internals as the iPhone 6S. In recent months, people have been vying for an iPhone SE 2. However these new findings could give us more iPhone SE devices than we know how to handle.
The most prominent speculation on this front is that: the SE could become a line with 4″, 4.7″, and 5.5″ models. All of the devices will sell in the same markets, however it could be distributed like so:
- 4″ (3 models: US, International, China/Japan)
- 4.7″ (4 models: US, International, China, Japan)
- 5.5″ (4 models: US, International, China, Japan)
Either way, many people are expecting Apple to start phasing out the iPhone 6S through iPhone 7 Plus. Some have even speculated that Apple will do away with the whole number system, and instead will start to name their phones with “Pro” and “Mini” monikers.
At this point, most of our assumptions are just those, assumptions. It’s too early to know anything for sure, however we’re hoping that some of these speculations prove true.