Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:) is set to implement significant changes to its AirPods product line over the next two years, according to Bloomberg analysts. The tech giant’s plans include the introduction of new versions of the AirPods 4 and AirPods Pro 3, as well as a minimally updated AirPods Max 2.
Despite the last update to the Max version occurring in 2020, Apple remains committed to this model, planning new color options and a USB Type-C port. The release timeline for the noise-cancellation-equipped AirPods 4, which will be available in two variants, remains uncertain, but it is slated for a late 2024 release.
The redesigned AirPods Pro is set for a 2025 launch and will offer improved active noise cancellation, adaptive transparency mode, extended battery life facilitated by the advanced H2 chipset adopted in September 2022, and health monitoring features. Interestingly, the Max version is expected to continue using the older H1 chip.
This shift towards USB Type-C aligns with Apple’s transition that began with the iPhone 15 series. This comes as part of a broader overhaul of its existing series. The last significant upgrades were introduced in 2021 on the AirPods 3, but Apple aims to replace both entry-level versions of AirPods 2 and AirPods 3 in the near future.
In addition to these updates, Apple recently updated its flagship AirPods Pro 2 with a USB-C port and introduced the Adaptive Audio suite with iOS 17. The company is also planning to launch the Vision Pro mixed reality headset and a new lossless audio protocol for the AirPods Pro 2. Currently, the most affordable models in their lineup are the AirPods 3 ($169) and the AirPods 2 ($129).
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