Multiple reports have hinted at a ‘Lite’ version of AirPods Pro. Digitimes has now reported that Apple suppliers will start working on entry-level AirPods Pro by the end of Q1 or beginning of Q2. Furthermore, the assembly of new AirPods Pro is expected to begin from mid-April.
At this point in time, not much is known about entry-level AirPods Pro. Needless to say, the entry-level AirPods Pro will come sans some features. In all likelihood, the AirPods Pro-Lite will skip on active noise cancellation. In fact, some rumors suggest that Apple might rebadge upcoming AirPods 3 as ‘AirPods Pro Lite.’
The entry-level AirPods Pro is expected to offer better audio performance as opposed to the current-gen. Moreover, Apple might also carry over certain design aspects of the AirPods Pro. Interestingly, the price gap between AirPods Pro and AirPods 2 is only $100. This makes us wonder how Apple will position the entry-level AirPods Pro.
If anything, we are going to see Apple announce a refresh of the 2nd gen AirPods this year with improvements to sound quality and adding a certain degree of water-resistance to it. The AirPods Pro was launched late last year and they are unlikely to get a refresh this year. Apple is working on a pair of high-end headphones with ANC that could launch in the second half of 2020. It is also worth noting that Apple is working on a pair of high-end headphones with active noise cancellation.
Given DigiTimes’ shaky record when it comes to Apple’s leaks, it is best that one takes this rumor with a proverbial pinch of salt. The paywalled report by DigiTimes will be published in full by tomorrow. Once that happens we will update the article accordingly.[via DigiTimes]