Kuo: Third-Generation AirPods to be Announced During 'California Streaming' Apple Event

Apple will announce its third-generation AirPods, featuring a new design similar to the AirPods Pro but lacking in "Pro" features during its "California streaming" Apple event on Tuesday, September 14, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in an investors note obtained by MacRumors.

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Kuo envisions two possible scenarios for how Apple treats the AirPods lineup following the launch of the new model. In the first scenario, Kuo says Apple may price the third-generation AirPods higher than the current second-generation AirPods, keeping the existing model in the line.

Secondly, Apple may reduce the price of the existing AirPods and replace their spot in the lineup with the third-generation AirPods at the current $199 price point. Either way, Kuo says Apple will keep the second-generation AirPods in the lineup for customers who prefer the older design.

We have two scenarios for AirPods pricing: 1) AirPods 3 price is higher than existing AirPods 2, and AirPods 2 price remains the same, or 2) AirPods 3 price is the same as existing AirPods 2 and AirPods 2 price cuts. In scenario one, the market will be neutral on the AirPods announcement. In scenario two, the AirPods announcement will be better than the market expectation for supply chain shipments.

The third-generation AirPods are expected to feature a design language similar to the ‌AirPods Pro‌, but rumors are conflicting on whether the new design will include silicone ear tips. Images of the alleged third-generation AirPods were shared earlier this year, and according to those images, the new AirPods will not feature silicone eartips. On the other hand, renders of the upcoming AirPods depict them with silicone eartips.

Alongside the third-generation AirPods, Apple is also planning to announce the iPhone 13 and the Apple Watch Series 7 during its "California streaming" event on Tuesday, September 14. For a full breakdown of everything we expect, be sure to check our guide.

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Top Rated Comments

johnyslats Avatar
9 months ago
Sincerely hope these don’t have silicone tips
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LarrySW Avatar
9 months ago

Sincerely hope these don’t have silicone tips
Yeah same. I like them offering a choice between tips (Pro) and no tips. If all the new gen AirPods have tips, I will be very disappointed.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BulkSlash Avatar
9 months ago
Please don’t have squeezable stems, please don’t have squeezable stems, please don’t have squeezable stems!
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LarrySW Avatar
9 months ago

In other news water is wet.
Not if you freeze it, then it is a solid. Checkmate.

EDIT: I love how some people are taking my post so seriously in their replies. This was just a fun throwaway joke guys.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
9 months ago
Looking forward to it and cannot wait. 2 more days.

Mr. Kuo: Can you do your magic and release the whole event already, please?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
canyonblue737 Avatar
9 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/09/12/kuo-airpods-3-apple-event-tuesday/')

Apple will announce its third-generation AirPods, featuring a new design similar to the AirPods Pro but lacking in "Pro" features during its "California streaming" Apple event on Tuesday, September 14, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in an investors note obtained by MacRumors.



Kuo envisions two possible scenarios for how Apple treats the AirPods lineup following the launch of the new model. In the first scenario, Kuo says Apple may price the third-generation AirPods higher than the current second-generation AirPods, keeping the existing model in the line.

Secondly, Apple may reduce the price of the existing AirPods and replace their spot in the lineup with the third-generation AirPods at the current $199 price point. Either way, Kuo says Apple will keep the second-generation AirPods in the lineup for customers who prefer the older design.
The third-generation AirPods are expected to feature a design language similar to the AirPods Pro, but rumors are conflicting on whether the new design will include silicone ear tips. Images of the alleged third-generation AirPods were shared earlier this year ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/03/12/airpods-3-redesign-new-images/'), and according to those images, the new AirPods will not feature silicone eartips. On the other hand, renders of the upcoming AirPods ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/02/21/next-gen-airpods-image-leak/') depict them with silicone eartips.

Alongside the third-generation AirPods, Apple is also planning to announce the iPhone 13 and the Apple Watch Series 7 during its "California streaming" event on Tuesday, September 14. For a full breakdown of everything we expect, be sure to check our guide ('https://www.macrumors.com/guide/apple-event-september-14-what-to-expect/').

Article Link: Kuo: Third-Generation AirPods to be Announced During 'California Streaming' Apple Event ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/09/12/kuo-airpods-3-apple-event-tuesday/')
they absolutely can't price the AirPods 3 any higher than the current price of AirPods 2, it would be insanity. already you have an APPLE PRODUCT in the Beats Studio Buds that are much smaller, fit bitter (than even AirPods Pro), have active noise reduction, transparency mode, and sound better but cost $149... I don't know how Apple is going to sell a stemmed AirPod with no active noise reduction, no transparency etc. for $199 let alone even more. I suspect the AirPods 2 at $149 (no wireless case option any longer), AirPods 3 at $199 (overpriced to the extreme based on rumored features), and AirPods Pro at $249 (dated design, overpriced, the bud version of the AirPod Pro 2 next year will be worthy of this price again.)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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