Apple AirPods 3 could soothe your ears in early 2021– but probably not before

Holding out for an update to the entry-level AirPods this year? You might be out of luck – as it’s unlikely you’ll see an update until 2021.That’s according to Ming-Chi Kuo, often-cited and often-correct Apple analyst. The third generation AirPods, aka the AirPods 3, are likely to enter mass-production in the first half of 2021, according to his sources.As for new AirPods Pro? Any AirPods Pro 2 aren’t going to see the light of day until the fourth quarter of 2021 – at the earliest – with an early 2022 launch more likely.
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No surprises
The new release estimates seem reasonable. It’s been a little while now since the AirPods revision of 2019 occurred, and it’s far too soon for the recently-released AirPods Pro to get a look in. With the world on lockdown, it’s arguable that on-the-go headphones are a less necessary purchase at the moment, let alone an upgrade.According to Kuo, you’d be looking at a refinement of the designs rather than an overhaul, with a movement towards system-in-package internal tech rather than standard circuit boards. This could in theory leave more space for battery enhancements.What’s perhaps most interesting is Kuo cleans up rumors around fitness focussed AirPods X and AirPods Pro Lite rumours – it seems more likely by his estimates that these rumors are referring to upcoming Beats launches instead.
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