Apple is working on a cheaper version of the AirPods Pro that will come without noise cancellation but will be more accessible for everyone. The news was confirmed by Apple itself which also revealed that the new version of these TWS earbuds would be called AirPods Pro Lite.
The new version of the AirPods Pro will be launching sometime during the first half of 2021. At the moment, the company is developing a system-in-package (SiP) product containing ‘H1’, which is an AirPod specific audio driver chip that is being supplied by a domestic partner.
Current generation AirPods have a round-shaped SiP, but the upcoming AirPods Pro-Lite will feature a square-shaped design instead. These will undergo quality verification this year and production is expected to start early next year. The price of the Lite variant is expected to be 20% lower than the AirPods Pro.
Apple had originally planned to release the AirPods Pro-Lite right after the AirPods Pro. However, the demand and popularity of the AirPods Pro exceeded expectations and the company had to maximize sales and margins before releasing the next model. This caused a change of plans and now the AirPods Pro-Lite is coming in the first half of 2021, as mentioned earlier.
The AirPods Pro are frequently available for less than their $249 retail price, and in fact sometimes drop down to $200 and lower. The best deal right now is at Amazon, which has the Apple’s flagship earbuds for $199. If that deal sells out, you can currently get them at B&H Photo for $220 or for $234 at Best Buy.
- Active noise cancellation for immersive sound.
- Transparency mode for hearing and connecting with the world around you.
- Three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips for a customizable fit.
- Sweat and water resistant.
- Adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear.
- Easy setup for all your Apple devices.
- Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”.
- The Wireless Charging Case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life.
Special about the AirPods pro
According to Apple, AirPods Pro deliver superior sound than the original AirPods thanks to built-in speaker technology and Adaptive EQ functionality. Adaptive EQ tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of music that’s playing to the shape of each person’s ear, for what Apple says is a rich, immersive listening experience.