Apple's third-generation AirPods is now en route to being unveiled at the end of this month, a reputable source has confirmed. Dubbed as the AirPods Pro, the upcoming iteration of the company's legendary "hearable" series is expected to introduce a slew of audio-centric breakthroughs down the line.
At the top of the list is the Apple AirPods Pro's new in-ear design. The new design language is expected to introduce the accessory's new noise-cancelling feature, which should culminate in an enhanced listening experience.
Apple's AirPods Pro is also tipped to feature a new metal design. Accordingly, the inclusion of such a material would increase the product's heat dissipation. Also lined up for the upcoming iteration is its multiple listening modes. The latter is set to be enabled by its new noise-cancelling feature and should get adjusted depending on the settings of each listening mode. Meanwhile, the "Pro" variant's accompanying package is also expected to be completed by water resistance, a revamped audio chip, alongside an extended Bluetooth range.
The launch of the AirPods Pro this October is hardly a surprise for most who have followed its development. In April 2019, noted Apple informant Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that there would be two new AirPod models that would go into mass production during the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. Luxshare, Geortek, and Amkor were also revealed to be the product's main suppliers.
Additionally, Kuo claimed that one of these AirPod models was slated to feature an "all-new form factor design," which mirrors the recent development, and a higher price tag. Given that this is the "Pro" edition, such an increase in its price should also be expected, primarily from Apple's business standpoint.
Talking about the price, the forthcoming AirPods Pro is tipped to carry a price tag of USD 260 (around PHP 13,300). The second-generation AirPods with a standard charging case only cost USD 159 (around PHP 8,100) at the time of its launch.
In terms of the Apple AirPods Pro's availability, it is revealed that Apple's suppliers are now gearing up to assemble the next-generation AirPods as early as this month. If this is true, then we might be seeing an updated version of the wireless earphones arriving just in time for the holiday season in the Philippines.
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