Apple reportedly plans AirPods Lineup Revamp: 4th Generation Earbuds, New AirPods Max in 2024

Apple is set to host its ‘Scary Fast’ event at the end of the month, where the company is expected to take covers off of new MacBook Pro and iMac models. While several Mac models are set to be updated, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant may be working on big changes for another popular product line. AirPodsApple’s wildly successful range of truly wireless stereo (TWS) earphones are reportedly set for an “end-to-end” overhaul, with new updates coming to the entire range.

According to one report from Blomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is readying a new version of its entry-level AirPods in 2024 and will follow it up with a new AirPods Pro in 2025. Both products will see changes from top to bottom, with Apple working on a new earpiece design, updated looks for the cases and sound quality upgrades. Additionally, the company will bring a new version of the top-of-the-line $549 (Rs. 59,900 in India) AirPods Max headphones next year.

Apple also plans to discontinue the second and third generation AirPods later next year, the report says. These will be replaced by two separate fourth-generation AirPods, which will reportedly be priced similarly to their predecessors, but the two new products will reflect broader differentiation. Gurman says the more expensive version of the fourth-generation AirPods will get active noise cancellation from the Pro model and an updated charging case. The two models also get a redesigned look with shorter stems – a mix between the older AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Currently Apple selling a pair of second-generation AirPods for Rs. 12,900 and a third generation at Rs. NOK 19,900, with little separating the two products. Then there is the second generation AirPods Pro, which comes in at Rs. 24,900. Apple recently refreshed The Pro model at its ‘Wonderlust’ event in September adds a USB Type-C port to the case, replacing the Lightening port.

All new AirPods models, including the next AirPods Max, will also get USB Type-C charging as Apple switches from the Lightening port. The iPhone 15 series, the company’s latest line of smartphones, launched last month with USB Type-C ports, finally putting the infamous Lightening port — first introduced in 2012 with the iPhone 5 — to rest.

Apple launched the iPad Pro (2022) and iPad (2022) along with the new Apple TV this week. We discuss the company’s latest products along with our review of the iPhone 14 Pro at Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available at Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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