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The Cupertino giant’s supply chain has been reported to already start the production for next-generation AirPods. The backend service supplier ASE Technology has been reported to have started packaging and testing optical sensors for new AirPods expected to launch in Q3 2021.
The third-generation of Airpods is supposed to be released in the first half of 2021 as per Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This report from Digitimes is in-line with Kuo’s prediction that third-generation AirPods will enter mass production in the third quarter of the year.
Even though it was assumed that the new Airpods would be announced in the first half of 2021, but it seems the Cupertino giant needs some time. Also, Apple’s much rumoured March launch event has also been delayed for the ongoing chip shortage.
It is expected that the third-generation AirPods will have a similar design as that of the AirPods Pro. So this includes shorter stems, however, come without silicone ear tips or active noise cancellation, to adjust for a lower price.
The second-generation of AirPods retailed for $159 with a wired charging case or for $199 with a wireless charging case, while the AirPods Pro runs $249. So, it is expected that the new Apple AirPods will have similar pricing as that of last-gen or lower.
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