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According to some new reports, Apple may be preparing to launch AirPods 3 as early as 4Q 2019, and the possibility of two new AirPod models in 4Q 2019 or 1Q 2020. Here’s everything we know so far.
In a new report from DigiTimes, “Apple is reportedly set to release its third-generation AirPods by the end of 2019, with the new wireless earphones to incorporate a noise cancellation function.” DigiTimes claims its sources are reliable industry sources.
Digging deeper into the report, DigiTimes says that Apple and its suppliers want to “raise the bar” by adding new features to AirPods 3 such as noise cancellation. It’s reported that AirPods 3 will be classified as active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones. Currently, the most popular ANC headphones on the market are the Bose QC35 II and Sony WH-1000MX2.
It’s worth noting the extensive engineering hurdles that Apple will need to overcome to bring ANC to AirPods. In a teardown by iFixit, it’s revealed that AirPods have little to no room for extra components with its current design.
Furthermore, with the addition of ANC, Apple will need to develop a new battery due to noise-cancelation components draining more power.
I am interested in learning how Apple plans to tackle ANC in AirPods 3 without making a part of the, or entire, AirPod larger.
Hours after the DigiTimes report, notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released his report stating: “Apple is set to launch two new AirPods hardware models as early as the fourth quarter of 2019, quoting a ‘4Q19 – 1Q20’ timeframe.”
In Kuo’s report, “One of these models will be an update to the existing AirPods, and the other will come with an all-new form factor and associated higher price.”
Kuo didn’t mention any information beyond an “all-new design” for one of the models.
Hopefully, we’ll finally see the matte black AirPods later this year.