Apple is preparing to launch third-generation AirPods this year and plans to launch second-generation AirPods Pro next year, according to BloombergIt’s Mark Gurman.
In line with previous leaks and rumors, Gurman explained that Apple is preparing the third-generation “AirPods” for a launch later this year. The updated earbuds will apparently come with a new case and feature shorter stems, largely mirroring the design of the current AirPods Pro.
Turning to 2022, Gurman said the second-generation AirPods Pro will feature updated motion sensors and focus on fitness tracking.
The AirPods Pro coming next year will be the first change to this product since October 2019 and will include updated motion sensors focused on fitness tracking, the people said, asking not to be named because the plans are private.
Apple apparently tested a smaller design that eliminates the rods on “AirPods Pro”. This rodless design is expected to debut on the new Beats Studio Buds which are set to launch next month.
Apple reportedly initially planned to release the second-generation “ AirPods Pro ” in 2021, but for reasons that are not clear, the launch has been pushed back to 2022.
Additionally, Apple is reportedly not currently working on a second generation of its AirPods Max on-ear headphones, but it has discussed launching additional color options in the future.