Third-Gen AirPods With AirPods Pro Design to Cost $200 and Launch in First Half of 2021

Apple’s third-generation AirPods, which are expected to adopt the AirPods Pro design but lack noise-cancelling and transparency features, will launch in the first half of next year for around $200, claims a new report from TheElec today.
Not for the first time in the rumor sphere, today’s report refers to the earbuds as a “Lite” version of the ?AirPods Pro?, but TheElec additionally suggests they will be priced “20% cheaper” than the $249 ?AirPods Pro?, which would put them around the $200 price point.
Apple will launch a Lite version of its Airpods Pro wireless earphones without noise canceling feature in the first half of 2021, TheElec has learned.

A person familiar with the matter said the Lite version will be priced 20% cheaper than the normal Airpods Pro which has noise canceling tech.This is the same price as the current second-generation ?AirPods? with Wireless Charging Case, suggesting the new model would replace them. If so, Apple’s ?AirPods? lineup would adopt the ?AirPods Pro? design signature across the board – or at least until Apple releases its second-generation ?AirPods Pro?, which could look more like Samsung’s Galaxy Buds, according to Bloomberg.

Rumors that Apple is working on third-generation ?AirPods? for launch in the first half of next year first surfaced in April 2020 in a note to investors by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo said the new ???AirPods??? will adopt the system-in-package (SiP) used for the ??AirPods Pro????, and later suggested this will allow for a form factor similar to the ?AirPods Pro?, featuring a shorter stem and replaceable ear tips. Kuo also said battery life could be improved, and a lack of noise cancelation features would make the ?AirPods? 3 more affordable.

A South Korean supplier is developing the ?AirPods?’ new SiP used for the H1 chip, which is said to be a “simple square shape,” in contrast to the ?AirPods Pro? SiP, which is “round-shaped like a mouse,” according to TheElec. The supplier will go through Apple’s quality review within the year and begin mass production next year, the report adds.Related Roundup: AirPodsBuyer’s Guide: AirPods (Caution)This article, “Third-Gen AirPods With AirPods Pro Design to Cost $200 and Launch in First Half of 2021” first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Author: Tim Hardwick