Technology Looks Like We May See Redesigned AirPods and Smaller AirPods Pro in 2021
AirPods Studio rumors: Apple's over-ear headphones could debut in October
All the rumors and speculation about the new AirPods headphones that may launch with the iPhone 12.Los Beats Solo Pro ya están en México con un precio de 6,499 pesos.
While many of usAirPods when they first came out, Apple’s wireless earbuds have turned out to be a popular product for the company and actually really solid wireless earbuds for most people. It appears Apple’s keen on continuing to capitalize on that popularity, with reporting that the company is currently working on third-generation AirPods and second-generation AirPods Pro.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, a reliable Apple leaker, the third-gen AirPods would copy some design features of the current AirPods Pro. Namely, it’d have a shorter stem and swappable ear tips. Apple is also supposedly working on improving battery life. That said, Bloomberg cites unnamed Apple sources as saying more advanced features, like noise-cancelling, will not make their way down to the entry-level AirPods.
Apple's new spatial audio feature is a headphone game-changer
Commentary: With the arrival of iOS 14, the AirPods Pro get virtual surround sound that's surprisingly impressive. The small-screen video-watching experience just entered another dimension.That made all the difference. After I turned the phone back on and reinserted the buds in my ears (after returning them briefly to their charging case), I launched a movie on Apple TV again and was greeted by a completely different audio experience.
Meanwhile, Apple is purportedly working on eliminating the stem altogether from the AirPods Pro. Instead, Bloomberg says a design currently being tested has a “more rounded shape that fills more of a user’s ear” and that it resembles designs in recent Samsung, Amazon, andearbuds. (Apple !?!? Probably not but one can dream.) However, Gurman also notes that a more compact, stemless AirPods Pro might not end up happening at all, as Apple is struggling to fit all the components for noise-cancellation, wireless antennas, and microphones into a smaller form factor. Both the third-gen AirPods and second-gen AirPods Pro might also have “new wireless chips.” Perhaps a hint at the U1 that was added to the Apple Watch Series 6 and the iPhone 11?
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If you're an Apple fan in search of a great deal on AirPods, we've got good news and bad news for you today. The good news is that Amazon still has the best prices you'll find on Apple's incredible noise cancelling AirPods Pro and on the beloved entry-level AirPods 2. The bad news is that is appears as though these deals are on the verge of wrapping up because Amazon's deepest AirPods discount has already ended. AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case have been on sale with a huge $45 discount for about a month now, and so many of our readers have taken advantage of that killer deal.
In any case, it would appear Apple is taking a closer look at its audio offerings. Gurman also notes that Apple is potentially mulling yet another HomePod that fits somewhere in between the newly announced $100and the regular HomePod. That would be interesting, to say the least, as Apple announced some for the OG HomePod, including Dolby Atmos support via the Apple TV, as well as 5.1 and 7.1 channel audio. It’s not entirely clear how a mid-range HomePod would be different enough from either the Mini and the original HomePod to be worth it.
As for the rumored, which despite the name are actually meant to be high-end over-ear headphones, Bloomberg didn’t have much else to report other than it’s still supposedly happening. Despite speculation that we might see them at the iPhone 12 event earlier this month, the headphones were a no-show. Prolific-but-not-always-right Apple leaker Jon Prosser earlier this month that the Studio headphones hit a snag in manufacturing—something that Gurman’s report seems to corroborate. Apparently, Apple’s had some production issues with the headband, which was “too tight in some testing.” Bloomberg notes that this means the final product might end up without the modular headband and touchpad panels that were but could still feature interchangeable ear pads. In any case, earlier this month Apple did that wasn’t either an AirPod or part of its Beats lineup—a possible indication that something is on the way. There’s a good chance the delayed Studios might make their debut in November, when Apple is expected to announce its first ARM-powered computers.
As for when we can expect the new AirPods, the third-generation AirPods are rumored to drop during “the first half of next year.” Whether that’s also the timeline for the new AirPods Pro is unclear, especially if it’s facing issues in development. Either way, it looks like wearable gadgets, including headphones, are doing gangbusters for Apple’s bottom line. Bloomberg notes that the Wearables, Home, and Accessories division—which includes AirPods—reported $6.5 billion in revenue during the last quarter, a 70% increase from two years ago.
Broncos DC Ed Donatell back home recovering after COVID-related hospitalization .
Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell required hospitalization after contracting the coronavirus, according to the team. The second-year Denver DC was hospitalized last week but discharged Sunday. Donatell, 63, has been battling COVID-19 symptoms since Oct. 31 and has missed the past three games. Donatell, who is in his third stint with the franchise, is one of a few Broncos staffers to have contracted the virus. Running backs coach Curtis Modkins did so in October, and offensive line coach Mike Munchak was in the team’s COVID protocol.