The MacRumors Show: Apple's Four Upcoming AirPods Models

On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple's rumored plan to refresh the entire AirPods lineup with a series of new models.


The fourth-generation AirPods will reportedly feature a new design with a better fit, improved sound quality, and an updated charging case with a USB-C port. For the first time ever, Apple is also apparently planning to offer a higher-end version of the AirPods with active noise cancelation and a speaker in the charging case to play a sound for easy location via Find My.

The second-generation AirPods Max are expected to be a minor refresh, simply swapping the Lightning port of the current model for USB-C and adding Bluetooth 5.3 support. New color options are also a possibility, but it looks like Apple's most premium audio device will continue to miss out on the H2 chip, Adaptive Audio, improved Active Noise Cancellation, skin-detect sensors, sweat and water resistance, the ultra wideband chip, Precision Finding, and support for additional charging methods.

Both the fourth-generation AirPods and the second-generation ‌AirPods Max‌ are expected to launch in late 2024. Further in the future, Apple is expected to launch the third-generation AirPods Pro with an updated design that is focused on improved comfort and a faster chip.

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Top Rated Comments

Ghost31 Avatar
3 weeks ago
AirPods Max being updated for the first time in four years and not getting the new chip that just the AirPods Pro have would be absolutely ridiculous
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
someone33 Avatar
3 weeks ago
Yeah I don’t understand why these articles keep saying the new Max won’t have the H2 chip. So dumb, there is almost 0 chance of it not having it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anthogag Avatar
3 weeks ago
It will be shameful if AirPods Max gets only minimal upgrades after 4 years. Apple can hang their heads low if the new AirPods Max does not play lossless.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Polinsky Avatar
3 weeks ago

As much I like the AirPods Pro. I don't want to lose them. I see people lose them all the times. All I do is shake my head.
I certainly have never had one accidentally slip out of my ear. And I've never seen anyone else lose them. I was just in the market and no one lost their APP.
I'm curious as to know how you "see people lose them all the time"?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hacky Avatar
3 weeks ago
Impatiently waiting for new AirPods Max!

It's a shame it will miss H2 chip upgrade. The case would deserve some upgrade too.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kerr Avatar
3 weeks ago
First thing Apple should do is stop selling non-MagSafe cases. The line-up should simply be:
AirPods
AirPods Plus
AirPods Pro
AirPods Max

Let’s not complicate this.

Surely there is no chance AirPods Max (2nd generation) come with a 5 1/2 year old H1 chip.

And I expect all non-Max models to get a 15%+ battery improvement.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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