New AirPods (2020) Coming “Next Month” – Here’s What To Expect…

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 05/11/20 •  5 min read

Apple’s got a new pair of AirPods launching next month, apparently. But what can we expect from Apple’s next-generation (non-Pro) AirPods?

Apple’s next-generation Apple AirPods were apparently all set to launch alongside the iPhone SE (2020) but for whatever reason, this didn’t happen. The new AirPods are finished, however, and are expected to get an official launch next month, May 2020.

As usual, this latest rumor comes via Jon Prosser – the one man Apple leak machine. According to Prosser, the new AirPods – Apple’s third update so far, if you don’t count the Pro model – will launch alongside Apple’s new 13in MacBook Pro next month.

Prosser does not have concrete dates for when the new AirPods will launch, however, just that it is happening in May.

More recently, however, there have been talks of further delays that would see the AirPods 3 delayed until 2021. This comes via renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, though neither Prosser or Kuo’s statements can be backed by anything concrete from Apple itself.

As it stands, we’ll either see the AirPods 3 launch in June, during Apple’s WWDC 2020 conference (if it even goes ahead) or inside early 2021. As for the AirPods Pro 2 launch and release date, Kuo thinks we won’t see them until 2022. The AirPods Pro Lite, a cheaper version of Pro model AirPods, are also hotly rumored and could, all being well, launch after the AirPods 3 but before the AirPods Pro 2 in 2022.

Confused yet?

As for updates to the headphones, again, nothing is certain, although there are few choice things you can assume Apple will address:

Black AirPods?

Another potential update for Apple’s new AirPods could be another color option. Might we FINALLY see a pair of black AirPods launched next month? I’m not holding my breath, but this is one area where Apple could spark a lot of new sales without actually changing anything meaningful about the actual headphones themselves.

People have been clambering after black AirPods ever since the first pair came out. Adding in a new color option, without changing anything else, would almost certainly drive new sales. New colors are as attractive as new features to some users, as evidenced by the popularity of Apple’s awful iPhone 5c.

How many of the above things will happen? Hard to say right now; I do think Apple will improve the battery and possibly the sound. But that’s about it. In order to increase adoption, it could lower the price slightly, though this angle would come at the expense of improvements. Alternatively, Apple could introduce all of them and retail them for the same price as its current model. And that’d be great.

Me personally? I’d probably never use AirPods long-term, the sound quality just isn’t there for me. I much prefer over-ear headphones like these ones; they’re more comfortable, have noise-cancellation, and the battery lasts almost a week in between chargers.

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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