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Apple Could Release Its Second-Gen AirPods As Soon As 2021

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Apple is working on its second-gen AirPods and AirPods Pro true wireless earbuds. Bloomberg reports that the first of the Airpods could be announced as early as next year.


Both are to feature new designs and upgraded wireless chips. Bloomberg also reports that the rumoured Apple over-ear headphones are still in development and that the company is discussing plans internally to introduce a third HomePod speaker.


The revamped Airpods will still reportedly feature noise-cancellation, but its design will resemble Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus or Google’s Pixel Buds. This is because the revamped AirPods Pro could ditch the stem that has been prominent in the AirPods’ design. However, Bloomberg says that this design could change as the company is having challenges fitting everything into a smaller housing.

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The design of the over-ear headphones will also reportedly change according to Bloomberg. This change in design is to reduce the side of the external touchpads, and the number of swappable parts it has. The headphones were to reportedly go into production a few weeks ago, however, technical challenges means it will be pushed back.


Apple is also in internal discussions about a third HomePod speaker according to Bloomberg. The development is believed to be in the early stages and the speaker may end up not even being released.


Apple Wearables, Home and Accessories division, which is responsible for its AirPods, brought in $6.5 billion in revenue in the latest quarter of 2020. This is an increase of up more than 70% from 2018.


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