Apple is rumored to be readying their next-generation noise-cancelling “AirPods Pro” wireless earbuds for a late October launch for $260.
A report by China Economic Daily says the third-generation AirPods will boast a new in-ear design to support the new noise-cancelling feature. The publication claims Apple will use the “Pro” designation to differentiate the new earbuds from the company’s existing wireless earbuds. The “Pro” designation will also likely come in handy when Apple is attempting to justify the higher $260 price tag.
A separate report on Friday says the AirPods Pro will also feature a new metal design that increases heat dissipation. AirPods supplier Inventec is said to be working with Chinese manufacturer Lixun to facilitate the new orders.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in April said in April that two new AirPods models would begin production at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. Kuo had predicted that one model is expected to offer an all-new form-factor at a higher price. The second model is expected to offer the same design as the Apple’s current earbuds at the same price.
A report in May claimed the new AirPods would be priced higher than the current model, due to unspecified improvements.