Five weeks ago, a new pair of AirPods was announced by Apple. This update was largely welcomed; however, it was far from the big upgrade many were hoping for. As per the new report by DigiTimes, it suggests Apple could introduce a third-generation pair as early as this fall.
The new AirPods could introduce noise-cancelation
According to some industry sources, the next-generation AirPods will be manufactured jointly by Chinese company Luxshare Precision and Taiwan-based Inventec. These two aren’t household names exactly but these are the companies in charge of producing the current-gen AirPods.
If we talk about the actual features, the details provided by the report are not enough. However, it is suggested that built-in noise cancelation will be the primary new feature.
DigiTimes didn’t provide any further information, but over the course of the past few months, some similar reports have emerged pointing towards two AirPods releases this year –spring launch in last month and a separate release this fall.
Tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, let’s suppose, accurately predicted back in February that Apple’s AirPods release in March would center around the wireless charging case. On the other hand, the upcoming fall release will apparently focus on an all-new pair of AirPods that’ll be available in a variety of colors.
What else can we expect from AirPods 3?
Back in June of last year, Bloomberg published a report in which details about Apple’s plans for a pair of premium AirPods sometime this year. Again, the exact timeline wasn’t provided, but the report did list a number of potential features that can justify the expected price hike.
As in today’s report, noise-cancelation was listed as one of the primary additions. Apparently, this will be accompanied by the introduction of water resistance and health-related features such as it includes a built-in heart rate monitor. It is also said that Apple is working on extending the range at which AirPods can be used from a connected device.
Further reports and rumors have suggested the next-generation AirPods will introduce a subtle new design. A frosted glass-like coating is to be expected more specifically. Apparently, this will improve grip and reduce slipperiness, thus making the new AirPods less prone to fall out of your ears.
It is also expected that the usual internal upgrades which should include a new Bluetooth connectivity chip and some improvements to the overall sound quality.
Apple could be preparing AirPods 3 and AirPods 3 Pro models
Just a few hours later, after the initial report from DigiTimes, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that he now expects Apple to launch the two new pairs of AirPods during the timeframe of ‘4Q19-1Q20’, it means the new accessories could be unveiled at any point between the time period of October 2019 and late March 2020.
There is a small update of one of these new models and it will appear over the AirPods that are currently on sale. It’s still not clear what kind of upgrades this will entail, but Kuo believes that the version will maintain the $159 starting price seen today along with the wireless charging case this will presumably rise to $199.
On the other hand, the second pair will apparently introduce an ‘all-new design’ that will be accompanied by a higher price. Presumably, this means that there will be a wide range of new features including water resistance and noise cancelation, as mentioned above.
Ming-Chi Kuo expects AirPods shipments to reach 52 million units approximately in 2019, while this number should grow even higher in 2020 to 75 million. To cope with the increased demand, it’s believed that Apple will move to a new system-in-package design for both sets of AirPods that’ll somehow save space, lower costs, and improve production yield rates.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the AirPods that Apple launched last month were initially planned to release in September 2018 along with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR devices. Officially, Apple hasn’t confirmed this, but it’s rumored to have happened due to issues with the canceled AirPower charging mat. The AirPods charging case was meant to utilize proprietary technology apparently, but complications with AirPower forced Apple to rework on this using the standard of Qi.
If things have gone as planned, AirPods launching later this year wouldn’t be out of the question. But if we consider this by the end of 2019, Apple’s latest AirPods will have only been on the market for about 9 months, it seems that the AirPods 3 and AirPods 3 Pro will arrive at the end of Kuo’s release timeframe at the brand’s annual spring event to be held in March, one year after the current-gen AirPods arrived.
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