Some interesting details about the upcoming AirPods and AirPods Pro successors emerged giving us a good idea of how the development is going and what they will look like. There's also a bit of bad news about the over-ear AirPods Studio headphones, which are being delayed due to some design issues.
Let's start with the vanilla AirPods. According to Bloomberg, Apple is going with a more AirPods Pro-like look for the standard AirPods next year with changeable tips. However noise-cancellation won't be tricking down with the upgrade instead bringing, a considerable improvement in battery life.
The Pro model, on the other hand, will have a slightly different design. The stem will be axed and the overall design will be a bit rounder and as a result, the chassis will be smaller too. Apple is currently facing some challenges with the new design as it has to fit the same hardware from the original AirPods Pro into a smaller chassis.
We've already mentioned that AirPods Studio is being delayed. Why, is the interesting bit. It appears that the headband proved to be too tight during the testing. The report also says that Apple has deviated quite a bit from the initial concept and the interchangeable headband won't be a part of the features list. The pads will still be swappable, though. Moreover, the touchpads on the side of the headphones have been reduced in size.
As a bonus, the report mentions something about a new HomePod. It's supposed to fill the gap between the HomePod and HomePod mini, which cost $299 and $99, respectively.
They are in the same category of listening to audio paired with your smartphone. I'll take superior sound quality any day of the week.
True, Airpods are one of the worst sounding TWS earbuds in its price segment.