It is reported (again) that Apple is preparing to launch a third-generation AirPods in 2021 and a second-generation AirPods Pro in 2022.
The source of the information is Mark Gurman, a Bloomberg journalist who is familiar with Apple’s insider information. Gurman has previously reported rumors about the new AirPods, and he’s been predicting and accurately hitting the AirPods Max over-ear headphones early on. Also, famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made a close forecast for the successor model of the 3rd generation AirPods and AirPods Pro.
According to Gurman’s source, the 3rd generation AirPods follows the design of AirPods Pro, the stem (the stem part that stores the battery etc.) is shortened, and the stem protrudes from the bottom of the new case.
In addition, the 2nd generation AirPods Pro will be equipped with an updated motion sensor and will focus on fitness tracking. Currently, Apple’s Apple Fitness + (not provided in Japan) is for Apple Watch, but adding a sensor for the new AirPods Pro may enable fine tracking and elaborate workouts.
In addition, the new AirPods Pro is testing a small design without a stem. The design is said to be “adopted for the new Beats brand wireless earphones to be announced next month (June),” which probably refers to “Studio Buds,” whose images were found in the iOS beta. It seems that. Studio Buds was talked about by NBA player LeBron James wearing those earphones.
Regarding other expensive over-ear headphones AirPods Max, although a new model of the second generation has not been developed, the production volume has caught up with demand, so we are considering launching additional color variations in the future. It has been reported.
In recent years, it has been rumored that the AirPods series will be exposed to competition from Samsung and Xiaomi, demand will be sluggish, and production will be significantly reduced. That said, AirPods are now an important part of the Wearables, Home and Accessories division, which accounts for more than 10% of Apple’s total revenue, and may be redesigned and featured.