Apple’s AirPods headphones – which dropped with out an enormous quantity of passion in 2016 – hit some more or less inflection level spherical about 2018, and all at once become the recent factor. (One member of the Macworld group places this all the way down to a wave of memes. The remainder of us are too previous to know.) This used to be handily timed for the 2019 updates, because the second-gen after which Pro variations of the AirPods introduced to a newly receptive public and bought just like the proverbial scorching muffins.

It’s incessantly the second one model of a product that tells you if it will paintings or no longer, and it is now relatively transparent that the AirPods are going to be extra iPad than AirPower. And a hit merchandise get sequels.

Where subsequent, then, for the AirPods? In this text we speak about one chance, which is the AirPods Pro Lite, a reasonably contradictory-sounding mixture of luxurious and price. Let’s discuss what is more likely to occur.

When will the AirPods Pro Lite pop out?

We have not were given a company date for the AirPods Pro Lite, however resources say they’re going to be launched in 2020. Considering how not too long ago the AirPods Pro had been introduced, the Lite variations are much more likely to release within the September window than in March.

The supply of this hearsay is Digitimes (subscription required), which on 12 February printed a record, in accordance with supply-chain resources, assessing most probably Apple releases for the calendar yr 2020; AirPods Pro Lite get a point out in there, along new variations of the Apple Watch, iMac and iPad. And point out is the phrase – nearly all of the thing offers with delivery chain logistics and the have an effect on of the COVID-19 virus.

“Apple, maintaining partnerships with supply chains in both Taiwan and China, may have its Taiwanese partners handle more production of new-generation iPad, Apple Watch, AirPod Pro Lite and iMac devices to be released later, as the epidemic has raised risks of raw materials supply shortages and shipments disruptions.”

If that’s not underwhelming sufficient, it is necessary additionally to recognise that this isn’t an reputable logo designation: it is only a placeholder time period the record writers are the use of to signify that one thing is coming that may sit down between the second-gen AirPods and the AirPods Pro.

What makes the AirPods Pro Lite other?

Again, we do not know needless to say, and will handiest speculate. But it is affordable to think that a minimum of probably the most Pro upgrades shall be lacking, and the fee shall be decrease to check.

The largest improve from AirPods to AirPods Pro used to be the inclusion of energetic noise cancellation (ANC), and it might be a disgrace to lose that. We additionally were given cushy eartips in a couple of sizes, and if you wish to stay ANC you need to stay the eartips as a way to make certain a excellent seal. Conversely, the eartips are in our view just a little of a faff, and we would not need them in the event that they were not important for ANC.

What else is there? Improved audio high quality and IPX4 water resistance, and a reasonably stubbier design.

Weighing up the choices, essentially the most believable halfway level between AirPods and AirPods Pro is the more moderen shaft design and water resistance, however discarding the replaceable eartips and ANC. Whether Apple may ship the enhanced audio high quality with out the tight have compatibility is arguable.

But lets but be shocked: Apple would possibly produce a 3rd distinct design for the Lite model. More most likely, we are sorry to inform you, is that we can be disillusioned, and that the units which Digitimes refers to because the AirPods Pro Lite are in truth simply the 3rd model of the vanilla AirPods, and that they’re going to be offering handiest incremental upgrades over the second-gen fashions.

How a lot will the AirPods Pro Lite value?

At time of writing the AirPods value £159/$159, or £199/$199 if you wish to have the wi-fi charging case, whilst the AirPods Pro value £249/$249. The AirPods Pro Lite will fall someplace between; £229/$229 turns out an affordable guess.

Further studying

If you might be willing to listen to the newest rumours about Apple’s 2020 plans, the most efficient position to begin is our large annually roundup: New Apple merchandise predictions 2020. But extra explicit ideas at the Apple headphones we’re going to be getting this yr will also be present in New AirPods 2020 rumours, which appears at extra standard the 2019 releases, and StudioPods rumours, which analyses hypothesis that Apple goes to unlock a couple of over-ears outdoor its same old Beats branding.

Those within the present vary must check out our roundup of the most efficient AirPods offers for the newest bargains.