At the start of 2019 there was once just one set of AirPods however now there are 3: the AirPods, AirPods with wi-fi charging, and the AirPods Pro. It looks as if Apple might be increasing the variability additional in 2020 with the coming of over-ear headphones, which we expect could be known as the StudioPods, and the AirPods Lite. 

In this newsletter we can check out how Apple is prone to evolve the AirPods line up in 2020, whether or not there might be a substitute for the usual AirPods (that do not need wi-fi charging), or if Apple will discontinue them and scale back the cost of the wi-fi AirPods. We will quilt the discharge date, value, tech specifications, design adjustments and new options of the following AirPods fashions. Read on to determine extra. 

We even have separate articles in regards to the new AirPods merchandise we consider Apple has within the pipeline, so in order for you additional information on them learn in regards to the new StudioPods right here, and the AirPods Lite right here.

Release date

It turns out Apple has a couple of new set of earphones deliberate for 2020.

The StudioPods (Over-Ear AirPods) may release in March 2020. A placeholder (shared within the tweet underneath) has seemed in Target’s stock that signifies that AirPods X are coming quickly. These upcoming headphones are priced at $399 – which is greater than the AirPods Pro.

There also are rumours that Apple will send AirPods Pro Lite in 2020. We be expecting those to seem in September or October 2020.

As for the remainder of the AirPods vary, we look ahead to that once the AirPods Pro Lite release we can see the cost of the wi-fi AirPods fall and the usual AirPods might be discontinued. More on that principle underneath.

It’s imaginable that the 3rd version of the usual AirPods will seem in 2020 however this turns out not likely so quickly after the thrill across the Pro fashions. Also, we really feel there can be not anything that Apple may do to make a profitable development to them.

Here’s the AirPods free up time table to this point:

  • December 2016: AirPods (2016)
  • March 2019: AirPods (early-2019, aka ‘AirPods 2’)
  • October 2019: AirPods Pro

It’s tricky to attract too many conclusions from that free up time table – a large hole after which a flurry of releases; the pattern measurement is just too small to extrapolate a development – however we certainly be expecting Apple to stay the AirPods and AirPods Pro as two separate strains.


AirPods pricing has been a little bit arguable, even though (as is every now and then the case with Apple merchandise) this would possibly not had been fully honest; the elemental AirPods are in fact lovely cheap by means of the criteria of True Wireless earbuds, and whilst the Pro fashions are on the higher finish of that marketplace, they’re of sufficiently just right high quality to justify this. Nevertheless, Apple will know price ticket coming near £300/$300 for the second-gen Pros, and the rest above £200/$200 for the following typical AirPods, is prone to galvanize a backlash.

Here’s the pricing for the present vary, proper as of December 2019:

  • AirPods (early-2019, charging case): £159/$159
  • AirPods (early-2019, wi-fi case): £199/$199
  • AirPods Pro: £249/$249

We be expecting that Apple will value the following era of AirPods at more or less the similar level, however we really feel that the road up would possibly trade with the entry-level mode being discontinued and changed with the wi-fi fashion, which can see a worth drop. We look ahead to one thing like this:

  • StudioPods – the Target record that seemed recommended that they are going to be priced at /£399/$399.
  • AirPods Pro Lite – prone to be priced round the fee the wi-fi AirPods are recently, so £199/$199.
  • Wireless AirPods – may see a worth drop to £159/$159.


The query right here is whether or not Apple will make the leap and considerably trade the design of the AirPods. Our sense is that it would possibly not; we have now already were given an progressed design at the AirPods Pro, however Apple would possibly not wish to remove the exclusivity that makes the ones dearer gadgets value the additional cash in comparison to the usual tool.

New AirPods 2020 release date, price & specs: Design

So we are much more likely to peer small incremental adjustments at the baseline fashion. In 2019 there have been rumours that Apple would release a black set of AirPods, so it is possible that shall we see a brand new color possibility. It can be great to get a moment color possibility, for something (we really feel Space Grey is possibly, with Product Red a robust moment selection), even though once more this will likely handiest occur if Apple does the usual and Pro AirPods on the similar time and will due to this fact be offering this for each. It can be atypical and fairly aggravating for Pro house owners in the event that they had been lacking out on one thing that was once introduced with the bog-standard fashion.

As for the AirPods Pro, they have got had their up to date design for just one era and it is due to this fact not likely that this will likely see main trade. We’re large enthusiasts of this design, by the way, even though we have now a couple of reservations in regards to the charging case: it is more difficult to get the Pros out than was once the case with the former fashions, and the hinge feels much less tough. (The hinge sits alongside the longer edge, since the Pro fashions are shorter and wider than sooner than.) Perhaps Apple may tweak the case design in lieu of main adjustments to the earbuds themselves.

New options

Let’s break up this into two sections: the options we predict to drop down from the Pro vary to the elemental AirPods, and the fully new (or a minimum of new to Apple) options we predict to seem within the Pro vary.

Basic AirPods

The Pros have handiest been to be had since October 2019; it could be a marvel for Apple to permit many in their unique options to seem at the baseline AirPods just a yr later, which is once we be expecting the following release. Active noise cancellation (ANC), for instance, is just about the Pros’ signature characteristic, and the possibilities of that showing on typical AirPods is sort of non-existent – excluding the truth that it could require a redesign that we do not be expecting both. The similar applies to the Transparency mode which comes hand in hand with ANC.

Improved water resistance, then again, might be in a position for the mainstream. The Pros are rated IPX4, which Apple glosses as “water and sweat resistant, but not waterproof or sweat proof”; the early-2019 AirPods don’t seem to be claimed to be water-proof in any respect. That may see an development in 2020.

AirPods Pro

What fully new options may Apple ponder for the Pros? Well, whilst we are nonetheless with regards to water resistance, that IPX4 ranking leaves a good bit of room for development.

The RHA TrueAttach and Creative Outlier Air headphones, that are the highest two alternatives in our roundup of the most efficient wi-fi earbuds, are each rated IPX5; the JBL UA True Wireless Flash buds are rated as a ‘stormproof’ IPX7.

Optical center price sensors have all the time struck us as pointless and uncomfortable, however some sporty customers swear by means of them and they’re introduced by means of some rival earbuds. This is an extended shot however no longer past the nation-states of risk – particularly if Apple can ship them in a swish package deal.

And on that be aware, it is time to wrap up: that is all of the AirPods rumours are compatible to print.

Related hypothesis may also be present in information to the AirPods Pro Lite rumours. If you would love to learn in regards to the present vary, in the meantime, take a look at our AirPods 2 evaluation and AirPods Pro evaluation, and compensate for the most efficient AirPods offers.