The countdown has begun for cheap AirPods
Apple is said to introduce cheap AirPods and the Pro model with more advanced features next year. The structure of AirPods may shrink.
Apple is reportedly planning to introduce two new models of the AirPods line next year, including the inexpensive AirPods model and the second-generation AirPods Pro. Bloomberg states that low-quality AirPods may hit the market in the first half of 2021.
Cheap AirPods can be under $ 159
The entry-level model will be the third generation of the standard AirPods, most recently renewed for $ 159 in March last year, while the Pro version will replace the $ 249 model. One of the notable changes that will allegedly be introduced by the new AirPods Pro will be a handleless design that has a closer resemblance to the earbuds of competitors like Samsung.
This claim confirms an earlier forecast by TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In addition, standard earbuds can have replaceable eartips and longer battery life. However, it is said that noise cancellation will not be available on the entry-level model.
Both headsets are reportedly supported by Apple’s new wireless chips. Interestingly, rumors of the launch of new AirPods next year come at a time when Apple is no longer adding the EarPod headsets to the box with the iPhone, starting with the iPhone 12 series. It remains to be seen how his new strategy will affect the sales of the upcoming AirPods series.
Apple is also said to have recently developed another HomePod model that could fall between HomePod and HomePod Mini. It is also among the claims that a pair of on-ear headphones with noise canceling is also in studies.