Apple is gearing up for some exciting changes in its AirPods lineup. According to a recent leak by Bloomberg, Apple is planning to shake things up in the next few years.
First, they are looking to phase out both the second-generation and third-generation AirPods to make way for new successors. It seems that the third-generation AirPods didn’t perform as well as expected, with many customers still opting for the older, more affordable second-gen model.
To address this issue, Apple is planning to introduce two versions of the fourth-generation AirPods in 2024, both positioned below the AirPods Pro in terms of pricing. What’s interesting is that these new fourth-gen AirPods will sport a fresh design that combines elements from the third-gen AirPods and the Pro model, featuring shorter stems.
In terms of features, the higher-end option will borrow some tricks from the AirPods Pro, including noise cancellation and integrated speakers on the charging case to enhance Find My support. However, it appears that neither of these new AirPods will come with replaceable silicone ear tips, sticking with the one-size-fits-most, open-air design that the standard AirPods have always had.
This means that the AirPods Pro will likely maintain an edge in noise cancellation performance and overall sound quality. Apple is also continuing its transition to USB-C for these upcoming AirPods, which is a significant move in terms of connectivity.
Additionally, there’s a minor refresh expected for the AirPods Max in the next year, featuring a USB-C port and new color options, with no major changes to their functionality. These high-end headphones have seen no updates since their debut in 2020 and have fallen behind in terms of newer software features.
All of these changes and updates are paving the way for a major redesign of the AirPods Pro in 2025. Unfortunately, the Bloomberg report doesn’t provide specific details about what to expect from Apple’s flagship earbuds, but it’s sure to be an eagerly anticipated event for Apple fans.