Today comes one of those rumors with substance that will brighten the day of more than one. According to Ming-Chi Kuo (a well-known analyst with a high percentage of success in rumors), it seems that Apple is working on the creation of new AirPods models with a specific objective: to place the price below 100 dollars.
AirPods Lite, the cheapest Apple headphones
According to the information published on his Twitter account, Apple seems to be preparing the launch of a new range within the family of headphones that it would be something like AirPods Litethat is, a model with fewer specifications that would allow the price to be reduced significantly.
This price drop seems to be aimed at bringing the figure below 100 dollars, since, $99 seems to be the amount that would define these new headphones. Let’s remember that, today, the cheapest AirPods that can be bought are the second generation AirPods, whose price rises to 159 euros.
These models have neither spatial audio, nor water resistance, nor a charging case with Magsafe, so either Apple plans to release a model with fewer features (and we can’t think of what to remove, really) or they would simply reformulate the current second generation model to achieve a cheaper product.
Adding one more model would not make much sense, since they would end up with 5 different versions of AirPods, leaving the second generation ones quite outdated.
Refurbished AirPods Max
The other rumor points to the other end of the table. It seems that AirPods Max will receive an update since they were launched in December 2020, but at the moment it is not known what these improvements will consist of. On the table there are many requests from users, and the most repeated are the redesign of the protective case (quite controversial due to the magnetic shutdown system and the little protection they offer), and a new battery with longer duration.
When will they show up?
Don’t expect news soon. It seems that The production of these new models would not be ready until 2024and the shipments of the products would not take place until the end of 2024 or the first quarter of 2025, so they are talking about products that still have a long way to go in production.
Of course, considering the number of AirPods that Apple has managed to sell, we can not imagine how many models of 99 dollars it will be able to place in the ears of the whole world. Will the factory be able to produce enough units?