A DigiTimes story preview today says Taiwanese supplier ASE Technology has started production of optical sensors for Apple’s next-generation AirPods, which are slated to hit shelves in the third quarter of 2021.
The full report has yet to be published, so no further details are available at this time. However, the indicated timeframe jibes with information published by Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who earlier this month said third-generation AirPods will begin mass production in the third quarter (July – September) of 2021.
The upcoming third-gen AirPods are expected to feature design cues taken from the AirPods Pro, including a smaller stem and silicone eartips. However, the new earbuds are said to lack high-end “Pro” features such as Active Noise Cancelation. Currently, second-generation AirPods retail for $159 with a wired charging case or for $199 with a wireless charging case, while the AirPods Pro will put a $249-sized dent in your credit line.