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Apple AirPods headphones range continues to make waves. The first pair sold faster than Apple could make them for months, and subsequent models, AirPods Pro and the latest over-ear headphones, AirPods Max, have been big sellers.
Now, a new report asserts that the AirPods Pro headphones are about to be replaced with a second version, and there are a couple of specific elements about the design to lend a little interest to the claim.
Overall, details are tantalizingly thin on the ground, but the report, which comes from Japanese site Mac Otakara, says that the next AirPods Pro are not far off. They will arrive in April, just three months away, the blog claims, saying that the information comes from Chinese suppliers.
It’s often the supply chain that leaks this kind of information and although there’s no indication of the design, there’s one little clue. That’s the size of the case which will be the same thickness, 21mm from front to back.
But the height and width will change to 46mm and 54mm respectively. To save you getting out your tape measure, I can tell you that the current AirPods Pro case is 45.2mm in height, and 60.6mm wide.
So, the new case would be broadly similar but a little less tall and, more noticeably, less wide.
Although there have been rumors that the next AirPods Pro would have a strikingly different design, perhaps to remove the short stem on the current model, there’s no indication in today’s report that that’s what the new case is designed to accommodate.
Given the small change in dimensions, my guess would be that the design of the AirPods Pro themselves could remain pretty much as they are now, but that a redesigned battery or other element has allowed the slightly smaller case to adjust the placing of the earbuds inside.
That said, Apple is unlikely to change the case for the sake of it: the current case…