Yesterday, we got a set of photos showing the new generation of AirPods prototype. As we can see, it follows the previous generation’s semi-in-ear design and small size. You can use it with earplugs to improve noise reduction capabilities. Moreover, the source claimed it will cost less.
Some tipsters said that Apple will launch new versions of the iPad Pro, the AirTags and the AirPods in March. However, the new models of the Apple Mac series with Apple Silicon and the cheaper version of AirPods Max are not expected to come in March.
New AirPods’ Design
Anyways, from the photo, we can see that there is a pressure relief hole on the top of the headset, a microphone pickup hole on the outside, and an infrared distance sensor and pressure relief hole on the inside.
This headset may combine some of the current AirPods2 and AirPods Pro features, such as the overall streamlined appearance and semi-in-ear structure. But this headset’s handle is slightly longer than that of the AirPods Pro. And it retains pressure-sensitive touch and supports active noise reduction.
The source revealed that the wearing experience of Apple’s new AirPods will be more stable than the original AirPods and AirPods2. You can use it with detachable earplugs to increase the physical passive noise reduction effect. (The user can choose between active noise reduction and passive noise reduction). The headset will sport a new generation of H2 chip to further reduce the size and power consumption.
In addition, the charging box of this headset looks similar to that of the Pro. But is slightly smaller, with a charging indicator on the front of the body. This charging box also supports wireless charging.
In terms of battery life, according to the media test, the new generation of AirPods with a charging box has a total playback time of about 24 hours, which is consistent with AirPods 2.
In other aspects, the new generation of AirPods is expected to adopt the same dynamic unit of AirPods Pro. It will also make a little optimization on the basis of maintaining the original level. The speaker unit size is about 11mm. The multi-sensor design is maintained in a smaller volume. It supports special audio functions and will cost about $150.