Apple would start shipping its second-generation AirPods Max headphones and new, $99 entry-level AirPods as early as next year.
Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, says in his tweets that Apple will start shipping the new entry-level AirPods in the second half of 2024 or the first half of 2025.
The new AirPods are said to be cheaper than the second-generation AirPods, which at $159 are the cheapest option currently available. The third generation costs 219 euros with the MagSafe charging case, while the new AirPods Pro cost 299 euros.
Go for the entry-level competition
Via MacRumors, another analyst also said this month that Apple is working on cheaper AirPods to better compete with rivals.
Kuo didn’t give any further details on the new AirPods Max aside from the potential delivery schedule. Apple launched its high-end AirPods Max in 2020 for 629 euros.
Apple may ship the AirPods Max with a USB-C port to comply with the EU directive that says all small electronic devices must have a USB-C port. The USB-C charger will be required for all smartphones and other small devices sold in the EU from October 2024.