As if to confirm what famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo already disclosed, a new report out of The Elec tips that Apple is indeed preparing to release the AirPods 3 (or AirPods Pro Lite, depending on how you look at it) soon.
Apple AirPods 3/Pro Lite features and battery life
- AirPods Pro design
- Longer battery life
- No active noise-cancelling (ANC)
The AirPods Pro Lite/AirPods 3 model would rather take out the ANC components, and leave a square-shaped SiP with Apple’s H1 chip, leaving room for a larger battery, for instance. In fact, that’s exactly what Ming-Chi Kuo advised in the previous leak – that Apple will skip noise-cancelling for the Pro Lite version, but improve the battery life in comparison.
Mouse-shaped AirPods Pro SiP to be replaced with a small square, leaving room for a larger AirPods Pro Lite/AirPods 3 battery
Apple AirPods 3/Pro Lite price and release date
Alleged AirPods Pro Lite/AirPods 3 render
As for when will Apple release the AirPods 3/Pro Lite, the report tips the first half of next year, leaving March 2021 as an entirely plausible launch time for the AirPods 3 version, given that the AirPods 2 were released in March 2019. Alterntively, they could be released around Apple’s WWDC 2021 event in June, or with a simple press release at any time in between.
The new publication claims that its supply chain sources tipped the new SiP is already pinned to start quality verification by year’s end (not much left for that process already), and will be entering mass production next year, so we keep our hopes high for a March 2021 Apple AirPods 3 release date.
Apple still holds 29% of the global true wireless buds market but said market is growing by leaps and bounds. There is nary an electronics maker that doesn’t offer a pair now, and most of them are much cheaper than Apple’s AirPods.