AirPods Three Design to Resemble AirPods Professional, Launch in First Half of 2020: Ming-Chi Kuo

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has launched an replace on AirPods 3, hinting at launch timeline and attainable design. The analyst means that the earbuds can be launched within the first half of 2021. To recall, the second-gen AirPods have been launched in March 2019, and the corporate does not plan to launch an improve in 2020. Apple did reveal the AirPods Professional final October, and if this be aware holds any weight, the corporate appears to be like on the AirPods Professional and AirPods 2 to drive gross sales for its hearables section in 2020.

Kuo’s newest information was accessed by 9to5Mac, and other than revealing the approximate launch timeline, the analyst additionally notes that the AirPods 3 design can be much like that of the AirPods Professional. The AirPods Professional has extra conventional in-canal match with rubber ear ideas, as an alternative of the outer-ear match seen on the AirPods (2nd Gen). The AirPods 3, based on Kuo, is claimed to undertake the AirPods Professional design, and ditch the design seen on the unique AirPods and the second-gen AirPods each. With this, Apple would look to shift the non-Professional vary to the in-ear design, one thing that does not appear proper, on condition that the AirPods Professional and AirPods (2nd Gen) key differentiating issue is the design.

Kuo notes that the AirPods Three will change the AirPods (2nd gen) within the first half of 2021, which implies that it’ll proceed to promote AirPods Professional and AirPods (2nd Gen) by way of the vacation season this yr. Kuo additionally reiterates that Apple will cease delivery wi-fi earbuds with the iPhone 12 to drive extra AirPods sale this yr. He notes that whereas AirPods gross sales slumped within the second quarter of 2020 as a result of COVID-19 disaster, he believes that issues will enhance by way of the tip of the yr.

The second-gen AirPods got here with Qi wi-fi charging assist and Hey Siri voice activation. The AirPods Professional noticed a radically completely different design kind and introduced alongside lively noise cancellation as nicely. Prior to now, Kuo advised that an improve to the AirPods Professional won’t come till 2022.


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