This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
With demand for wireless earbuds being driven by the removal of the earbuds bundled in the iPhone 12 series, rumors are reporting that the third-generation AirPods and the new AirPods Pro are in development with a major redesign.
According to Bloomberg's famed reporter Mark Gurman, the third-generation AirPods are expected to be released in the first half of 2021. Its design will be similar to the current AirPods Pro, with a shorter stem (the shaft at the handle) and replaceable ear tips. While it also has improved battery life, it will not have the same noise-canceling features as the AirPods Pro, according to an anonymous source who told him.
On the other hand, the new AirPods Pro is aiming to eliminate the stem part and make it more compact. The prototypes look similar to the design of Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live and Amazon Echo Buds, which fit into the user's ear canal, according to the source.
However, it's still difficult to fit the AirPods Pro's noise-canceling feature, wireless antenna, and microphone into a small enclosure, and the production version may not be as ambitious in its design, the source said. Apple's public relations team, as usual, declined to comment.
In parallel, Apple is also reportedly working on a new wireless chip that will be included in both models. The SoC in the AirPods has evolved from the original W1 chip to the H1 chip in the second-generation AirPods/AirPods Pro, and new features have been added along the way, so we can expect more progress.
Meanwhile, the rumored AirPods Studio over-ear headphones are also set to be announced.
This was scheduled to go into production a few weeks ago, but appears to have been delayed due to problems with the headband. The touchpad on the side of the headphone will be reduced in size, and while the "replaceable headband" that was a feature of the initial concept will most likely not be implemented, the earpads may be replaceable. These predictions are generally in line with those of Jon Prosser, a well-known leaker.
If the new AirPods Pro doesn't have a stem, as Bloomberg reports, that would mean the disappearance of "the Udon from the ear" since the original. There was once a rumor that a black model would be added to the current white one, but that's also a concern.
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