Apple is working on entry-level AirPods and is expected to launch H1 2021: report

Apple is reportedly working on introducing new entry-level AirPods next year. These new earbuds will be the cheapest in the range and will share the same design as the AirPods Pro. However, you can get rid of high-end features like noise reduction. The tech giant is also working on the second-generation premium AirPods Pro, which may be made more compact. The new report suggests the company may be working on a new smart speaker as well.

Bloomberg cites people who are familiar with the matter report Apple is working on two AirPods models – an entry-level AirPods and a successor to the AirPods Pro – that were launched last year. The entry-level model is expected to hit the market in the first half of 2021. The affordable AirPods are said to have a similar design to the AirPods Pro. These cheaper AirPods may have improved battery life, but high-end features like noise cancellation may not be introduced.

The higher quality AirPods Pro of the second generation should be more compact. Apple may eliminate the short stem at the bottom and have a more rounded design that fills in more of the user’s ear. The design of the next AirPods Pro may be similar to that of premium earbud offerings from Samsung, Amazon, and Google. There is no start phase specified by the report for the new Pro versions.

According to the report, Apple is facing the challenge of getting noise cancellation, wireless antennas and microphones into a smaller frame, and the product design is not yet complete. The Cupertino giant reportedly plans to build new wireless chips for both upcoming AirPods models. Luxshare Precision Industry and Goertek are expected to produce the new earbuds. As mentioned earlier, the report adds that Apple may also be considering introducing a new smart speaker. This smart speaker would sit between the HomePod mini and the original HomePod.

Apart from that, Apple is also said to be working on over-ear headphones called AirPods Studio. The headphones are said to have magnetic ear cups as well as a reversible function that automatically detects the left / right ear to produce channelized sound. They are reported to be made of high quality leather, have a metal construction, and have a USB Type-C connector. These are expected to be published in November this year.


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