DigiTimes: New AirPods to Feature AirPods Pro Design Without Noise Cancellation

Apple plans to release new AirPods with the same design as the existing AirPods Pro but without active noise cancellation, allowing for a lower price point, according to supply chain sources cited by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.

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The paywalled report claims that Apple originally planned to unveil the new AirPods in May 2020, and while Apple has apparently not yet made any adjustments to that release schedule, the supply chain sources believe that Apple may have to postpone the launch to the second half of 2020 or even 2021 due to the global health crisis.

An excerpt from the report:

Apple may have to defer the launch of its new AirPods Pro to the second half of 2020 or even 2021, according to sources at related suppliers.

Apple originally planned to unveil the new AirPods Pro in May 2020, but the schedule may be pushed back, as Apple has been unable to send staff to the production lines in Asia to inspect the status of the TWS earbuds due to the coronavirus outbreak, the sources noted.

But Apple so far has not yet made any adjustments to the earbuds' release schedule, the sources said.

The report refers to the earphones as new AirPods Pro, but it is quite possible these could end up being regular third-generation AirPods.

The current lineup includes second-generation AirPods with a wired charging case for $159, second-generation AirPods with a wireless charging case for $199, and AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case for $249.

Over the weekend, leaker Jon Prosser said new AirPods are "ready to go" and will "probably" launch next month.

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Top Rated Comments

PowerBook-G5 Avatar
21 months ago
I hope that the new "normal" non-Pro AirPods WON'T have the in-ear tips like the AirPods Pro do.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mnsportsgeek Avatar
21 months ago
So the current AirPods Pro with the firmware that got pulled.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
21 months ago

I hope that the new "normal" non-Pro AirPods WON'T have the in-ear tips like the AirPods Pro do.
You and I are the exact opposite. I hope they do offer them with in-ear tips. The regular plastic body AirPods don't fit my ears. Offering regular AirPods with the plastic body and regular AirPods with in-ear tips is a win win for all concerned. Everyone can get what suits them best.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
metalsiren Avatar
21 months ago

I hope that the new "normal" non-Pro AirPods WON'T have the in-ear tips like the AirPods Pro do.
Agreed I have both but if I want just conference calls etc I like the ease of the non pro as I don’t like the in ear tips. I use them when I want ANC and portable
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Beeplance Avatar
21 months ago
I actually prefer the standard AirPods having the same design as the Earpods - nice fit in my ears and I don't ever like those rubber tips in my previous earphones. Will be sad to see them go!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
21 months ago

But how will the narcissists let everyone know they're wearing the premium product?
You’re over complicating this. I just voluntarily tell people I own the Pros. It’s really easy. Plus, I have an ‘Apple logo’ tattoo on my right bicep, and it’s the perfect conversation starter to slide in what AirPods I own (And I name drop other Apple products I own too). It’s called strategy. ?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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