New AirPods could be on the way as soon as next month


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New AirPods, which Apple reportedly planned to unveil at its canceled-before-it-was-announced March event, are ready to go, claims regular Apple leaker Jon Prosser.

In a tweet Sunday, he claimed the upgraded earbuds likely will arrive alongside a new MacBook Pro next month.

It’s not clear exactly which AirPods Prosser is referring to, however. In Prosser’s Twitter thread, Apple leaker @L0vetodream suggested that the code name for the refreshed AirPods is B288a.

If true, this would be different from the so-called AirPods X, which could resemble the Beats X headphones (and would be aimed at runners and those with active lifestyles). That model — code-named B515 — is supposedly targeted for a September or October release. It also seems unlikely that Prosser would be referencing a revised AirPods Pro model. The first-gen AirPods Pro came out in October 2019.

Instead, it is likely that these AirPods will serve as an upgrade to the second-gen AirPods, which debuted March 2019. This would offer customers updated AirPods at a lower price point than the Pro models.

Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro that Prosser referred to is likely the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro. Recent reports suggest that this will be Apple’s first 13-inch MacBook Pro with a vastly improved Magic Keyboard. The refresh also could introduce speedier Intel processors, improved speakers and perhaps even a larger display.

What improvements, if any, would you like to see made to Apple’s basic AirPods? Let us know in the comments below.


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