Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, reported that the company is working on a smart speaker and new headphones. Speaking of the latter, the AirPods and the Pro version are waiting for changes.
According to Bloomberg, the design of the inexpensive third-generation AirPods will be similar to that of the AirPods Pro. Apple will shorten the “leg” and improve battery life, but noise cancellation will remain the prerogative of the older version.
At the same time, the more expensive model will completely change and receive rounded shapes for a better position in the ears. The Samsung Galaxy Bud, as well as Google and Amazon earbuds, now have approximately the same design.
The smart speaker will occupy a niche between the new HomePod mini and the original HomePod. In addition, the announcement of the AirPods Studio on-ear wireless headphones is expected.
Market entry is expected in the first half of 2021.