16 November 2020
Apple is preparing for a busy next year when it comes to new audio products. A new Bloomberg report claims that the team is working on two AirPods models that will succeed the current-gen AirPods and AirPods Pro. The much-awaited AirPods Studio has been delayed once again and then, there is possibly a new HomePod model under development too.
The upcoming third-generation base AirPods model is said to have a design similar to the AirPods Pro. It means there will be replaceable ear tips and a shorter stem to make them less prominent on the ears. Apple will not offer active noise cancellation support as these are supposed to be basic and entry-level AirPods.
As for the second iteration of AirPods Pro, we are likely to see an even shorter stem. The buds are said to be featuring a rounded design in the testing phase, similar to the likes of buds from Google and Samsung. The team wants to make as small as possible but cramming in all the internal components is proving to be a challenging task. This is the reason it is unlikely we will get to see any huge difference in the design or size. These new AirPods models are expected to get official sometime in early 2021.
The AirPods Studio is said to be Apple's first-ever over-the-ear headphones. These are under development for a long time but tend t get delayed due to manufacturing issues. They have been delayed once again with the reason said to be related to the headband design. The idea of interchangeable support for headbands has been scrapped as it was proving to be too tight. There is a possibility that we might still get to see changeable earpads as well as touchpads for gestures support.
Lastly, Apple is reportedly considering releasing another HomePod model. This new smart speaker will sit between the affordable HomePod Mini and the original HomePod. The new model will have size, sound quality, and pricing between the two existing models but other details are unknown for the moment.