Apple appears set to reinvigorate its AirPods lineup over the next couple of years, ushering in a range of new and revamped wireless headphone models spanning from the entry-level to the Pro and Max tiers. According to insights from Bloomberg and industry sources, significant changes are anticipated across the AirPods portfolio, with some iterations more substantial than others.
AirPods: The current AirPods, available in second and third generations, have seen more limited success due to their price proximity to the Pro models. By 2024, Apple plans to phase out these models, replacing them with two fourth-generation AirPods versions. Anticipated changes include shorter ear stems and USB-C charging cases for both versions. The higher-priced variant is expected to offer noise cancellation and a speaker on the charging case for Find My alerts, although neither model is likely to feature replaceable tips similar to the Pro line.
AirPods Pro: A new iteration of the AirPods Pro is on the horizon, scheduled for release in 2025. The last significant update was introduced about a year ago, bringing subtle physical enhancements, improved audio, better noise cancellation, and the addition of a case speaker for Find My alerts. Recently, a version with a USB-C charger was introduced. The upcoming version is forecasted to feature updated designs for both the earbuds and the case, along with enhanced audio quality and specialized hearing-centric functionalities.