The new generations of AirPods and AirPods Pro may arrive earlier than expected. According to a recent report by DigiTimesin fact, the first signs come from the supply chain that something is moving, especially in Vietnam. The document reads:
Apple is expected to launch the third generation of AirPods in the first half of 2021, followed by the launch of the next generation AirPods Pro in the second half of next year, with assemblers who according to sources within the sector are preparing for production at their factories. in Vietnam "
Compared to the previous estimates of the well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there would be overall an advance of a few months for the new AirPod Pro, which should come out in the second half of next year, and not in the early months of 2022 as previously hypothesized.
And what news should we expect? DigiTimes, in reference to the Pro, speaks of unprecedented health monitoring features made possible by an updated chip and an additional sensor. The next AirPods Pro, therefore, may be able to detect the heartbeat, count the steps, as well as detect the movements of the head.
As for the third generation of AirPods, in recent months the rumors point decisively towards a design similar to the Pro (even if not necessarily in-ear) with a shortened "stick" and more compact dimensions. An evolution made possible by an optimization of the internal spaces thanks to the adoption, just like AirPods pro, of SiP chips (system-in-package), which allows to reduce the overall dimensions. The AirPods 3 are instead expected for the first half of 2021.