What you need to know
- DigiTimes reports AirPods Pro Lite will launch in mid-2020.
- It isn't clear what they will look like, or what features they will offer.
- Universal Scientific Industrial is thought to be producing the SiP.
Rumors of so-called AirPods Pro Lite just won't go away, although it only seems to be DigiTimes suggesting they're incoming. The outlet is at it again, expanding on yesterday's report, suggesting that we can expect a launch towards the middle of 2020.
According to the report, Taiwan-based Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) will pick up orders for the system-in-package (SiP) for AirPods Pro Lite, joining other companies already lined up.
The real question here is whether anyone knows what AirPods Pro Lite really are. That answer to that appears to be a resounding "no", although there are a couple of possibilities.
- They could be cheaper versions of AirPods Pro, but without the active noise canceling technology (ANC).
- They could be a replacement for the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case that are currently available. Essentially, AirPods 3.
The first option is the way I'm leaning, particularly given the need for a solution to the fact that AirPods simply don't fit everyone's ears. AirPods Pro – complete with interchangeable ear tips – but without the costly ANC makes tons of sense. Remove the AirPods Pro with standard Charging Case from sale, make the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case cheaper, and then price AirPods Pro Lite between those and AirPods Pro.
As Rene would say, "it just makes the kinda sense that does".
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.