Apple is said to be working on their new entry level Air Pods which are expected to launch by next year. The new earbuds will be the most budget friendly earbuds as compared to the range and will expectedly have the same design as the AirPods Pro. However, they may dispose of the prestigious feature of noise cancellation. The tech giant is also said to be working on the second generation premium AirPods Pro which may be available with a more compact design. As per the latest report, it indicates that the company may be working on a new smart speaker as well.
Bloomberg specifies the people familiar with the matter to report that Apple is currently working on two AirPods models – an entry level AirPods and a successor to the AirPods that was launched last year. The entry level AirPods are expected to launch in the first half of 2021. The budget friendly AirPods are reported to have a similar design as the AirPods Pro. These affordable Air Pods will have an improved battery life but key features of noise cancellation might not be there.
The more premium second generation AirPods Pro will have a more compact design. Apple will be abolishing the short stem at the bottom and will have a more rounded design which will jam the user’s ear more. The design of the next generation AirPods Pro will be similar to that of premium earbud offerings from Samsung, Amazon, and Google. As of now, the launch period for the new Pro versions is not confirmed by the report.
The report further states that Apple is facing some challenges in integrating the features like noise-cancellation, wireless antennas and microphones into a smaller frame. The design of the product is not finalised yet. Report further added that the Cupertino giant is looking forward in building new wireless chips for both the upcoming AirPods models. Luxshare Precision Industry and Goertek are also planning to produce the new earbuds. As mentioned above previously, the report also said that Apple is also thinking of launching a new smart speaker as well. This smart speaker would stand between the Home Pod mini and the original Home Pod.Apart from this, it is also rumoured that Apple will be working on over ear headphones called Air Pods Studio. The headphones will feature magnetic ear cups along with a reversible feature which will automatically detect left/right ear to throw the sound in a channelled way. As reported, they will be made of high quality leather, will offer a metal build and will have a USB Type-C port. These are expected to be launched this year sometime in November.