iOS 13.2 Beta Includes Icon Depicting New AirPods Design

Apple has been rumored to be working on a third generation of AirPods with active noise control (ANC), also known as noise cancellation, or active noise reduction (ANR). Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested the updated ‌AirPods‌ could launch late this year or early next year with an "all-new design."


Today's iOS 13.2 beta release includes an icon showing redesigned ‌AirPods‌ that appear to have rubber ear tips that would likely be needed as part of a noise cancelation feature.


The file name includes reference to a B298 code name, and the image is contained in the Accessibility Settings folder. This could suggest these new ‌AirPods‌ will contain a new accessibility feature such as being able to use them as hearing aids, or it could be related to existing Live Listen capabilities.

There's no specific word on when the new ‌AirPods‌ could debut, but Apple has a number of rumored pending announcements that could point toward an October media event.

Update 11:55 AM: As noted by a MacRumors reader, a claimed photo leak last month from 52 Audio bears a strong resemblance to the image found in iOS 13.2, suggesting the leak may be accurate.


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9 months ago
No no no no no no no. Literally the best thing about Apple headphones to me are that they don’t require you to suction them into your brain. I just can’t use them. Truly hope this isn’t a “new design” and instead just an option.
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9 months ago
Take my money. Also... please offer them in colors, preferably black.
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9 months ago
Yes please!

I love my AirPods, but unfortunately a part of the small % of people whose ears they don't fit/stay in so I have to use some cheap silicone covers.

This would be very welcomed in my opinion.
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9 months ago
God, no, I hate earphones with rubber ear tips! They a l w a y s fall out! That's the main reason I'm using AirPods!
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9 months ago
Chill out folks. They aren't discontinuing the other Airpods.
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9 months ago
Airpods with short stem and in ear seal.. I am ready to let go of my Powerbeats Pro right now..
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