With a successful AirPods line, it’s only natural for users to wonder when Apple will release a new generation of the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. Head below as we round up the latest rumors on when expecting a new version of each of these products…
When will Apple launch AirPods Pro 2?
For the next AirPods Pro model, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently reported new details in his Power On newsletter. According to him, Apple will launch AirPods Pro 2 next year with a new design and new fitness tracking features:
“Apple has been testing a new design with an even shorter stern or no stern at all, plus new motion sensor for fitness.”
With that, Apple’s next wireless earbuds could look similar to the Beats Studio Buds. About its sensors for fitness, a study by the company shows how AirPods could be used to monitor respiratory rate.
In the research, Apple and Cornell researchers used a model-driven technology to estimate a person’s respiratory rate using short audio segments obtained after physical exertion in healthy adults. Data was collected from 21 individuals using microphone-enabled, near-field headphones before, during, and after strenuous exercise.
The study found that this audio can be a “viable signal for passively estimating” respiratory rates, also making it a more cost-effective way of doing so compared to traditional healthcare.
Another change to expect with AirPods Pro in 2021 is a redesigned charging case, which will reportedly remain 21mm thick, while it will be 46mm tall and 54mm wide. For comparison’s sake, the current AirPods Pro charging case measures 45.2mm tall and 60.6mm wide.
In a December report, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo corroborated with Gurman saying the new AirPods Pro will release in late 2022, featuring a ‘significantly upgraded’ chip.
When Apple will launch a new AirPods Max?
For the high-end AirPods Max model, which was released by the end of 2020, Apple has no plans to release a second generation yet.
Users are expecting Apple to announce a new model since the company released support for Lossless quality with Apple Music in June and AirPods Max technically can’t play in this quality, even via a wired connection
The $549 AirPods Max is expected to stay as they are for some time, but Gurman reported in May that Apple could be only planning new colors for the AirPods Max:
“Apple only recently caught up with demand for the product, and it is not currently working on a second generation of the AirPods Max, though it has discussed launching additional color variations in the future.“
As AirPods Max just turned one, it’s still unclear whether the company will ever update these headphones. 9to5Mac Parker Ortolani recently created a concept regarding a second-generation, featuring USB-C + MagSafe charging, some level of water resistance, more colors, etc. Click here to learn more about it.
When will Apple launch AirPods 4?
Wow, are you already expecting AirPods 4? Apple just released AirPods 3 in October, with a similar look as the AirPods Pro but without the ear tips.
These wireless earbuds don’t feature ANC or Transparency Mode, although the company says they got a boost in bass. They also have 6 hours of battery in a single charge and a new MagSafe Charging Case. Apple also brought support to Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio with these buds.
It’s unclear when the company will release a follow-up of the AirPods, but you can learn more about the AirPods 3 here.
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