Following the launch of AirPods Max in December, it is reported that Apple will update the way of its remaining AirPods series products in 2021. This year, we hope that Apple will launch new versions of its incredible AirPods and AirPods Pro, and thus both. This is everything we know so far.
Update on February 22, 2021:
First, and most importantly, Apple is expected to launch a new version of the entry-level AirPods with a new design. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the new AirPods will have a new shape and design, “similar to AirPods Pro,” although the analyst did not provide any details.
The second generation of AirPods was originally released in March 201
Bloomberg Apple reported in October that Apple plans to launch a new entry-level AirPods with a shorter shaft and replaceable earplugs, which confirms Kuo’s report that the design will be similar to AirPods Pro. This means that AirPods 3 will adopt an in-ear design instead of putting it on the ear like the current AirPods.
If AirPods and AirPods Pro have similar designs, what are the differences between them and help Apple justify the higher price of AirPods Pro?according to Bloomberg, AirPods will lack higher AirPods Pro features, such as noise cancellation and transparency mode.
The recently leaked pictures are from 52 audio It also claims to provide our first real observation of the redesigned AirPods 3. Here, we can see a smaller valve stem, an in-ear design and a redesigned battery box.
In terms of distribution, Kuo and Bloomberg Apple is expected to release AirPods3 sometime in 2021. Pricing information is not yet clear, but at least one report indicates that the price of AirPods 3 will be about 20% cheaper than AirPods Pro, which indicates that the price is $199.
Apple currently sells AirPods with a wired charging box for $159, and AirPods with a wireless charging box for $199.
At the same time, it is reported that Apple also plans to launch a new version of AirPods Pro in 2021 and adopt a new design again. According to reports, this time, Apple plans to make AirPods Pro look comparable to some of Amazon’s and Samsung’s competitors in the market.
Bloomberg According to reports, the second-generation AirPods Pro will have a “more compact” design that can remove the current stick from the bottom of the AirPods Pro. The report explains: “The design under test has a rounder shape and can cover more users’ ears.” The design compares it with Samsung and Amazon products.
For those who are unfamiliar, Amazon Echo Bud has a stemless design, which is completely round and located inside the user’s ear.
However, these changes cannot be guaranteed. It is said that Apple faces challenges when removing the AirPods Pro handle, while also including transparent mode, H1 chip and noise reduction function. Therefore, Apple may choose to redesign the ambitious AirPods Pro.
Another expected change for AirPods Pro in 2021 is the redesigned charging case. According to reports, the redesigned AirPods Pro charging case will maintain a thickness of 21mm, while its height will be 46mm and 54mm. For comparison, the current AirPods Pro charging box has a height of 45.2mm and a width of 60.6mm.
One possibility for Apple is that Apple is adjusting the design of the AirPods Pro charging box to include support for MagSafe. Currently, AirPods Pro can be charged on the MagSafe disc, but the charging case cannot be magnetically attached. If Apple plans to change the external dimensions of the earbuds, it must also redesign the charging box.
The price of AirPods Pro 2 is expected to be the same as the current AirPods Pro at $249, and there are reports that AirPods Pro 2 may be released in April.
Apple’s decision to redesign the AirPods size may be controversial. Many people prefer the AirPods design more actively than the in-ear wear of AirPods Pro. Actually, 9to5Mac Last month’s readers said that 42% of readers prefer the AirPods design, while 53% of readers prefer AirPods Pro.
Nevertheless, for Apple, it makes sense to unify AirPods design and make entry-level AirPods more customizable. Currently, Apple claims that AirPods are “universal.” In essence, they only mean “one size fits all.”
Apple decided to put earplugs of different sizes in the AirPods box, which may make them attract more users, otherwise they will not like the “universal” design.
On the other hand, the redesigned AirPods Pro does sound attractive, but again, design changes to headphones and earbuds are always controversial. Removing the valve stem and making a circular design is the main design change of AirPods Pro.
Interestingly, we haven’t heard any details about the new features of AirPods or AirPods Pro. So far, all reports are based on supply chain resources. These resources usually only have a deep understanding of the physical design of the product, but not the potential new software features.
What do you think of the rumors of AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2? Are you looking forward to the rumored design change, or do you like the current design?
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