ECC Filings Confirm New Apple Watch Models Are Launching Soon

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Apple on Monday filed paperwork with the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECC) seeking to cover a total of six new Apple Watch models, according to a report published by the French blog, Consomac.

The models numbers in question — A1977, A1978, A1975, A1976, A2007, and A2008 — don’t correspond with any existing Apple Watch devices, which all but confirms the filings are to cover those upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 models we’ve been hearing so much about since earlier this year. 

ECC filings — equivalent to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings in the U.S. — are legally required for any encrypted electronic devices sold in countries like Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. They are historically sought by Apple within one to two weeks of new products being unveiled, as we’ve seen previously when similar filings were sought for the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro and other major products.

Apple Watch Series 4 Release Date

Of course, at this stage in the game we’re just over three weeks away from Apple’s annual fall products event, which has been rumored (but still not 100% confirmed) to take place on the morning of Wednesday, September 12, this year.

In addition to three brand-new iPhone models, two new iPad Pros featuring Face ID, and new accessories including refreshed AirPods and the Qi-enabled AirPower wireless charging mat, it’s been prophesied by multiple analysts that Apple will also unveil a new line of Apple Watch Series 4 devices at the event.

Those models, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, are slated to feature a number of enhancements over their predecessors, including 15 percent larger OLED displays, larger and longer-lasting batteries, a suite of potentially game-changing new health monitoring utilities and much more. 

While the new Apple Watch Series 4 models may end up representing the biggest Apple Watch refresh since the original’s debut, curiously, the company only sought to cover the aforementioned six model numbers. This is interesting because, for every other Apple Watch model to date, the company has filed for a total of eight new model numbers corresponding to eight new Apple Watches, which suggests that this year we may only see six new models — possibly in a consolidated lineup of new sizes and capacities.

Of course, we won’t know for sure until Apple’s big event; but we can at least be prepared to see a number of new Apple Watches on stage. Be sure to check back with us for updates on Apple’s planned September 12th event, including any possible changes to that plan, as well as full coverage of the event as it’s happening live.

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