What you need to know
- Apple is again reportedly ready to release new AirPods.
- Apple has not redesigned AirPods since they launched in 2016.
- A more AirPods Pro-like design is expected.
Apple is roundly expected to have newly refreshed AirPods ready to go, but it hasn't actually announced anything. That's set to change before the end of the year if previous reports are any indication — and now Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has once again reiterated that fact.
Writing in his weekly Power On newsletter, Gurman says that we should expect a "significant update" this time around — something that has been missing since AirPods first arrived back in 2016.
Expect new entry-level AirPods with a design closer to the AirPods Pro, including a new in-ear shape and shorter stems. These will be the first update to the entry-level AirPods since March 2019 and the most significant update to that part of Apple's AirPods line since the first model debuted in 2016.
The AirPods Pro-like redesign is something that's been rumored for months and we've even seen images of what are claimed to be new AriPods earbuds. Shorter stems and an in-ear design are the big points here, although buyers shouldn't expect any of the fancy ANC features of the more costly AirPods Pro option. Keen on going the Pro route? Check out our list of the best AirPods Pro deals before you do!
It isn't immediately clear when we should expect AirPods to get their big refresh, although a launch alongside the incoming iPhone 13 would make some sense. We expect that to happen at some point next month, although any time between now and December 31 is likely at this point.