I had an older (07is?) Apex and it had 2...
I had an older (07is?) Apex and it had 2 pockets on either sides accessible while riding. Do the new models have that same pocket configuration or at least something along those lines?
If you have the pack, can you post a photo of the profile of it?
Yes, there are two side pockets: the one shown above, and a second one exactly like it on the other side, except the zipper is on the seam closest to the back panel, making it more accessible while you are wearing the pack.