Whereas there have been no major revisions to the AirPods lineup in 2023, Apple is making ready an enormous shakeup for this yr. Headlining the updates in 2024 will be a whole overhaul of the entry-degree AirPods lineup. Right here’s every little thing we all know up to now.
Apple’s present AirPods lineup
Apple at the moment sells 4 totally different variations of AirPods:
AirPods 4 are coming later this yr
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has extensively reported on Apple’s plans to release AirPods (4th era) in 2024. In response to Gurman, Apple will discontinue AirPods 2 and AirPods 3 this yr, and change them with two totally different AirPods 4 variants.
The AirPods 4 fashions will reportedly function a design that “seems like a mix” of AirPods 3 and AirPods Professional, together with quick stems. Neither of the AirPods 4 variants will function replaceable suggestions like AirPods Professional, however they will “provide an improved match.”
What about options? Bloomberg says that Apple is planning to distinguish the 2 AirPods 4 fashions in a couple of alternative ways. The upper-finish AirPods 4 will provide noise cancellation, whereas the decrease-finish mannequin will not.
Each variations of AirPods 4 will embrace a new charging case that makes use of USB-C for charging. The charging case included with the upper-finish AirPods 4, nonetheless, will additionally embrace constructed-in audio system for improved Discover My integration.
In response to Bloomberg, the new AirPods 4 fashions are due for a release later in 2024. Sometimes, Apple has launched new AirPods across the similar time as new iPhones in September.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has additionally reported that Apple is engaged on a low-price model of AirPods that will be released in 2024. Kuo has instructed that the so-referred to as “AirPods Lite” could be priced at $99. Analyst Jeff Pu has additionally mentioned that AirPods Lite are in the works.
Whether or not Kuo and Pu are referring to the identical decrease-finish model of AirPods 4 as Bloomberg, or a unique product fully, is unclear.
What about AirPods Professional and AirPods Max?
Additionally in 2024, Apple will release a new version of AirPods Max. Sadly, the one change right here will be a change from Lightning to USB-C for charging. According to Bloomberg, Apple isn’t planning some other upgrades for AirPods Max this yr. AirPods Max will proceed to make use of the identical H1 chip that they’ve used since 2020, which implies they will continue to miss out on a variety of fashionable AirPods options.
For AirPods Professional followers, rumors are that Apple isn’t planning an replace till 2025. This revision will embrace a new design and a new chip, amongst different new options. These new options might embrace well being-centered capabilities, resembling these related to hearing health.
To recap, right here’s the forthcoming AirPods roadmap:
Later in 2024: AirPods 2 and AirPods 3 discontinued and changed with two AirPods 4 fashions
Later in 2024: AirPods Max up to date to change from Lightning to USB-C
Someday in 2025: New AirPods Professional with an up to date design, new chip, and well being options.
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