Second-generation AirPods Pro, third-gen AirPods may land in early 2021

Yolanda Curtis
October 26, 2020

Bloomberg cites people familiar with the matter to report that Apple is working on two AirPods models - an entry-level AirPods and a successor to the AirPods Pro - launched previous year. On the other hand, the regular AirPods are being said to get a shorter stem like the current-gen AirPods Pro along with replaceable eartips. They'd also gain battery life, but would not come with AirPods Pro features like active noise cancellation. Apple may be eliminating the short stem at the bottom and have a more rounded design that fills more of the user's ear. All that said, though, the company has found it a challenge to fit the electronics into a smaller AirPods Pro body, according to Gurman, so the final model could be less ambitious than originally planned. This model could be launched in the first half of 2021. Both new AirPods earbuds will reportedly feature a new wireless chip. "An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment". There's no word on exactly when the new AirPods Pro will arrive. Luxshare Precision Industry and Goertek are expected to produce the new earbuds. There is no launch period tipped by the report for the new Pro versions.


Apple is still apparently planning to launch the "AirPods Studio", its premium noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, but allegedly there were problems with the headband that pushed production back from its original scheduled start a few weeks ago.


Beyond the new AirPods, Apple has also internally weighed a new HomePod that sits in size, price and sound quality between the original $299 HomePod and the $99 HomePod mini. Apple has also scaled back some of the interchangeable functionality of the headphones that were a hallmark of the initial concept.


The entry level AirPods, the third generation of the product since their debut in 2016, will reportedly include a current AirPods Pro-style redesign. The latest version of the product is likely to lack a replaceable headband, but could still include interchangeable ear pads. The basic AirPods were last updated in March 2019. The AirPods Pro came out in October previous year.

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