The wait for the next AirPods could end very soon. Apple has been expected to refresh its AirPods lineup for a while now and rumours about AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro Lite (unconfirmed names) have been doing rounds for a while now. Earlier the new AirPods were expected to be launched in 2020, then it was moved to April 2021, then again at WWDC 2021. However, since none of that happened, now all bets are on the hardware event likely to happen in September.
According to the latest information from Mark Gurman — who has been accurate about Apple too many times — the upcoming AirPods will be launched along with the iPhone 13 series. Not only that, but Gurman also said that in terms of design, the AirPods 3 will feature “biggest change.” The design for the ‘regular’ AirPods has remained unchanged since 2016.
According to a previous report by Gurman, the third-generation AirPods will come with a design that resembles that of the AirPods Pro, the premium AirPods from the company. The design similarities are expected to include a small stem design and removable eartips — something that hasn’t been there in the first two generations of AirPods.
Reliable tipster Ming-Chi Kuo had also recently said that the AirPods 3 could launch in the third quarter of 2021. A DigiTimes report had claimed that the price of the upcoming AirPods would be similar to the second-generation AirPods as the new ones would be replacing them. Therefore, the India price of the upcoming AirPods is expected to be quite similar to the existing model, which starts at just under Rs 15,000 in India.
Just a couple of days back, a report by Nikkei had claimed that Apple’s next generation of AirPods were set to enter production — making the tentative launch date of September a bit more believable.
Apple AirPods lineup
It has been a while since Apple introduced a new Truly Wireless Stereo (TWS) product in its AirPods lineup. Apple’s last TWS earbuds were the AirPods Pro that were launched in October 2019, however, that wasn’t the last audio wearable device from the company. Back in December 2020, the company had launched its first over the head pair of headphones — AirPods Pro Max.