DigiTimes: Next-Generation AirPods to Enter Production as Early as October

Apple’s suppliers are gearing up to assemble next-generation AirPods as early as October, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, suggesting an updated version of the earphones could arrive in time for the holiday shopping season.

DigiTimes shared a short preview of its story today:

Assembling for new-gen AirPods to kick off as early as October
Apple’s suppliers are gearing up for assembling for the next-generation AirPods as early as October, according to industry sources.

The full story should be available within the next few days. We’ll update this post if there are any additional details to share.

In April, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said two new AirPods models would likely go into mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, with Luxshare, Goertek, and Amkor serving as primary suppliers.

Kuo believes one of the new AirPods models will feature an “all-new form factor design” and a “higher price” than the second-generation AirPods, which cost $159 with a standard charging case and $199 with a wireless charging case. The other model is expected to be a more iterative update with the same pricing.

If new AirPods do launch later this year, they will likely be the more iterative pair that Kuo referred to, as Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman expects the higher-priced AirPods with water resistance and noise cancelation to launch as early as 2020. It’s unclear what features would be part of the iterative update.

In March, Apple released second-generation AirPods powered by an Apple-designed H1 chip, enabling hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality and up to 50 percent more talk time compared to the original AirPods. The second-generation AirPods feature the same outward design as the original.

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