Apple plans to launch second-generation AirPods Pro inside the first half of 2021, in keeping with unnamed business sources cited by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes in a report centered on flash reminiscence provider Winbond.
From the report:
Winbond can also be anticipated to be among the many NOR flash suppliers for Apple’s next-generation AirPods Pro slated for launch later within the first half of this year, the sources indicated. The Taiwan-based chipmaker will likely be working its NOR flash manufacturing strains at almost full capability utilization throughout the six-month interval.
This follows a report from Japanese weblog Mac Otakara that claimed the brand new AirPods Pro will likely be launched in April alongside a third-generation iPhone SE. That report didn’t provide any particulars concerning the new AirPods Pro past claiming that the wi-fi charging case may have barely tweaked dimensions in comparison with the unique.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has beforehand reported that Apple is aiming to make the AirPods Pro extra compact by eliminating the stem that stands out from the underside of the earphones, however it’s unclear if Apple will obtain this feat. Gurman mentioned Apple had a design in testing with a rounder form that fills extra of the ear, much like Google’s Pixel Buds or Samsung’s Galaxy Buds. That report likewise talked about a 2021 launch date.
Introduced in November 2019, the present AirPods Pro characteristic an in-ear design with three sizes of soppy, versatile silicone suggestions included within the field, together with shorter stems under the ear. AirPods Pro have a number of upgraded options over common AirPods, together with energetic noise cancellation, improved sound high quality, and water and sweat resistance.
Previous rumors have instructed that Apple additionally plans to replace the usual AirPods within the first half of 2021 with the same design because the AirPods Pro, however with out energetic noise cancellation, permitting for a lower cost level. The present lineup consists of the usual AirPods with both a wired charging case for $159 or a wi-fi charging case for $199, and the AirPods Pro with a wi-fi charging case for $249.