The following technology of Apple’s widespread AirPods headphones might launch within the second half of 2024, or first half of 2025, based on a brand new prediction from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The lineup will reportedly embody a extra inexpensive pair of AirPods priced at $99, in addition to a brand new mannequin of Apple’s over-ear AirPods Max headphones (launched in 2020).
The rumored $99 AirPods would undercut the worth of Apple’s present most inexpensive AirPods (its second-generation mannequin) by $30. In the meantime, the third-generation AirPods at present promote for $169 for a mannequin that costs by way of a wired Lightning cable solely, or for $179 with a case that may cost wirelessly by way of MagSafe. Lowering the worth of the entry-level AirPods mannequin mirrors what Apple did with its Apple TV lineup final yr, when it launched a brand new set-top field that was $50 cheaper than its previously most affordable version.
Kuo beforehand reported that Apple could be launching a brand new USB-C charging case for “all” its AirPods models in 2023, round a yr sooner than he’s now predicting the arrival of the next-gen headphones. However the two experiences don’t essentially contradict one another. In any case, Apple might refresh its AirPods charging instances in 2023 however depart the precise earbuds unchanged till 2024 or 2025.