AirPods are one of the most successful devices today and for this reason Apple strengthened its entire range of 100% wireless headphones in 2019. At the beginning of the year we saw the arrival of the AirPods 2 in two different versions, one with a charging case, and in the second half of 2019 the AirPods Pro arrived, a leap forward with new functions and features.
Since then we haven’t heard any other rumors about the AirPods, until now. As reported by the Digitimes medium, Apple is working on new AirPods to which have dubbed ‘AirPods Pro Lite’ that could arrive this year and revolutionize this product category.
AirPods Pro ‘Lite’ in this 2020
The mention that the middle makes of this new model is not that it is very deep and it comes in a report that talks about other possible devices of the company that will be launched this year. This information ensures that launches of these devices could be delayed by the end of the year due to the coronavirus epidemic in China and that Taiwan could occupy an important place.
“Apple, which maintains partnerships with supply chains in Taiwan and China, can make its Taiwanese partners handle more of the production of new-generation iPad, Apple Watch, AirPod Pro Lite and iMac devices to be released later, as the epidemic commodity risk has increased. Supply shortages and shipping disruptions arising from uncertain resumption of normal operations at component suppliers and assembly plants in China.
We are not at all clear what DigiTimes refers to by “AirPod Pro Lite”, in theory it should be a version similar to the AirPods Pro but with fewer functions, perhaps eliminating active noise cancellation. But for that Apple already has the normal AirPods, which they barely cost 50 euros less (those with wireless charging).
Should Apple launch them, there would probably be a restructuring of the range, with the AirPods 2 without a wireless charging case disappearing and the model with wireless charging taking its place. The “AirPod Pro Lite” would take the place of the latter, standing at an approximate price of 229 euros, 50 euros less than the AirPods Pro.
However all this is mere speculation since we have no more information other than the mention of the device by Digitimes. But we would not be surprised if Apple continues to strengthen its range of headphones, the headband ‘AirPods Studio’ are also highly anticipated.