After a slightly underpowered first half of 2021 for Apple fans, this autumn is shaping up to be a blockbuster. The Taiwanese industry news site
DigiTimes has predicted that the long-awaited third-gen AirPods will be launched in September, probably alongside Apple’s
The latest analyst report claims the new iPhones will be unveiled
on 14 September, so that date is now doubly worthy of a place in your diary.
But is the report dependable? DigiTimes says its prediction is based on “industry sources at the upstream supply chain of the AirPods”, which sounds good, but the site, while prolific, isn’t always reliable. It’s rated as just
63.5% accurate (at time of writing) on AppleTrack’s source leaderboard.
In terms of likely upgrades on the new device, some features that were previously confined to the AirPods Pro are likely to drop down to the standard AirPods, such as the removable ear tips. But active noise cancellation is unlikely to be among them. The price will probably be roughly the same as that of the
As for the second-gen AirPods Pro, their launch looks to be delayed
until after the turn of the year. In addition to new motion sensors, these may lose the shafts on each earbud, a design already seen on the
Beats Studio Buds.
You can catch up with the latest rumours in our
new AirPods hub. If you don’t want to wait until September, pick up a bargain on the current range with our roundup of the
best AirPods deals.
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