Apple is reportedly planning to release new AirPods Pro this fall alongside new AirPod Max colors. The information comes from the Bloomberg Power On newsletter from Mark Gurman, who highlighted that the original AirPods Pro are approaching three years old.
“Look out for new AirPods Pro in the fall. The current model has been on the market since fall of 2019, so the batteries are already probably in trouble for some early adopters,” Also look out for an AirPods Max refresh with new colors (and, we hope, a price drop—$550 is absurd for those headphones),” Gurman wrote.
Apple slowly iterates, and there was an almost similar three years gap between the original AirPods and the AirPods 2. Released back in October 2019, the $249 AirPods Pro were the first AirPods to support spatial audio and active noise cancellation, and they also came with distinctive silicone tips.
According to a note to investors seen by 9to5Mac earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that he also expected the AirPods Pro 2 to launch in Fall 2022. He added that the main updates could include “a new form factor design, support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) format, and a charging case that can emit a sound for users to track.”
AirPods have definitely contributed to making wireless earbuds increasingly popular in recent years, but sales of the latest AirPods 3 released back in October 2021 may have been hurt by the AirPods 2’s persisting popularity. Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted back in April that demand for AirPods 3 was “significantly weaker” due to the AirPods 2’s $50 cheaper price, adding that “AirPods Pro may get discontinued after Apple launches AirPods Pro 2 in 2H22 to avoid repeating the same mistake.”