Apple developing ‘AirPods Pro Lite’ headphone model
A report outlining Apple’s provide chain operations amid the continued coronavirus outbreak mentions the corporate is engaged on a brand new headphone product referred to as “AirPod[s] Pro Lite,” a possible low-cost model of AirPods Pro or a next-generation AirPods.
Citing sources conversant in the matter, DigiTimes experiences Apple is mulling a diversification in its manufacturing capabilities that may shift orders of a so-called “AirPod[s] Pro Lite” gadget, together with anticipated next-generation variations of iPad, Apple Watch and iMac, from companions in China to these in Taiwan as the corporate offers with fallout from the brand new coronavirus.
The ongoing risk has “raised risks of raw materials supply shortages and shipments disruptions arising from uncertain resumption of normal operations at components suppliers and assembly plants in China,” the paywalled report says, in line with MacRumors.
What, precisely, DigiTimes is referring to in its point out of “AirPod[s] Pro Lite” is unknown, although it appears unlikely that Apple is planning a low-cost model of its newest wi-fi headphone product. Released in October, AirPods Pro promote for $249. That value is $90 dearer than the second-generation AirPods that debuted final March and simply $50 extra expensive than the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case bundle.
Apple could possibly be getting ready a brand new model of AirPods, which doesn’t implement high-end AirPods Pro options like energetic noise cancelling and adaptive equalization. Comments from CEO Tim Cook in October counsel the corporate views AirPods Pro as a definite product line and never a successor to AirPods, maybe leaving the door open for future iterations of the unique wi-fi gadget.
“We’re anxious to see the customers for the new AirPod[s] Pro,” Cook mentioned, addressing a query relating to AirPods Pro gross sales. “I would guess that one, particularly in the early going, will be people that have AirPods today and want to also have a pair for the times they need noise cancellation.”
In addition to AirPods and AirPods Pro, Apple is alleged to be engaged on a high-end over-the-ear headset that would debut in 2020, although rumblings in regards to the supposed halo product date again two years.
It must be famous that whereas DigiTimes delivers considerably correct information on sure points of Apple’s provide chain, it’s largely unsuccessful in forecasting future merchandise.
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