AirPods Pro Leaked: Noise Cancelling, $260 Price and Launching This Month

Yolanda Curtis
October 19, 2019

A case in point is AirPods: they were roundly mocked at launch as looking like electric toothbrush heads, and yet three years later everyone has them hanging off the side of their faces as if it wasn't a fundamentally eccentric look. A new story from China claims the actual name of Apple's next-gen AirPods is AirPods Pro. The firmware showcased a render of the new AirPods which look like a mashup between the original AirPod design and the old school iPod in-ear headphones.

Currently, the AirPods with Charging Case costs $144, while the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case goes for $169. Either way, if the aforementioned report out of China is to be believed, the device will be launched in time for the holiday shopping season in the USA, so we might not have to wait that long to get more details.

AirPods Pro will also have different listening modes, with or without noise cancelling, which is being called "focus mode" in the system and will be water resistant. The report comes from a Chinese newspaper, the China Economic Daily, and was spotted by MacRumours. One of the advantages of Apple's H1 chipset - which powers both the current AirPods along with the recently announced Beats Solo Pro headphones which feature active noise-cancellation - is its low power consumption, which Apple could rely upon to keep reasonable runtimes despite what's still a relatively small form-factor. To better differentiate the third-get AirPods from the 2nd-gen AirPods and what's rumored to be a fairly high price of $260. While the new AirPods are expected to arrive, we would suggest to take this rumour with a massive pinch of salt. If real, Apple could unveil its latest wearable at a rumoured press event before the end of October. Multiple references to the AirPods with noise cancellation have also been found in iOS 13.2.

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