Pay attention up! AirPods 3 might enter mass-production subsequent month

AirPods 3 might borrow some features of AirPods Pro.
New AirPods might exchange 2019’s AirPods 2 in Apple’s lineup.
Graphic: Cult of Mac

Apple’s next-gen AirPods, the third iteration of the corporate’s common AirPods, will go into manufacturing subsequent month, Nikkei Asia reported Wednesday.

This may be the primary improve for Apple’s commonplace difficulty AirPods for the reason that second-gen model debuted March 2019. The unique AirPods made their debut in December 2016.

Nikkei doesn’t present a launch date, however imminent mass-production suggests we gained’t be ready all that lengthy. There have been 827 days between the primary and second model of the AirPods. It’s now 854 days since March 20, 2019 — which means that (by the admittedly small pattern dimension of the unique hole between AirPods 1 and AirPods 2), AirPods 3 are overdue.

In late 2020, experiences from publications together with Bloomberg stated that AirPods 3 would ship within the first half of 2021. That clearly hasn’t occurred. Nonetheless, Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Worldwide Securities — who has a robust file when predicting the way forward for Apple — was steadfast in his perception that new AirPods wouldn’t go into manufacturing till Q3 2021. At the least based mostly on at present’s report, it will appear he was proper on the cash.

One attainable problem for Apple is perhaps the continued manufacturing challenges ensuing from COVID. In response to a report this week, one Apple provider in Vietnam — GoerTek, which builds AirPods for Apple — is at the moment attempting to proceed manufacturing with the huge rise in COVID circumstances within the nation. If these proceed to get out of hand, it might have an effect on the manufacturing of the brand new AirPods (together with different, a lot worse, results.)

The brand new AirPods will supposedly boast an AirPods Professional-style design. Nonetheless, they may reportedly lack the energetic noise cancellation of the AirPods Professional.

Supply: Nikkei Asia

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