Kuo: Apple will launch AirPods 3 in the first half of 2021 with a similar design to the AirPods Pro

Yesterday, Kuo unveiled its roadmap for Apple’s ARM Mac Transition, which will be officially announced in just a few hours. And today, TF Securities Analyst continues its report on updates to AirPods.

Kuo believes Apple will continue to sell second-generation AirPods during this holiday season. The company will replace them with AirPods 3 in the first half of 2021. Kuo described the AirPods 3 as a feature of a new form factor design “similar to the AirPods Pro”.

The second generation AirPods were released in March 2019, featuring the always-heard Hey Siri voice activation and Kiwi wireless charging case options. However, the buds themselves look like the original airpods.

Apple debuted the AirPods Pro in October, featuring the word cancellation feature that is embedded in an ear design with small stems in the bud. Kio did not say in what way the AirPods 3 would look like a professional. It seems unlikely that Apple will change its entire line to ear style, but current AirPods earbuds may benefit from the slicker stem form factor … which will bring out the look of their professionals.

Kuo reiterated his earlier report that Apple would stop sending wired earbuds to iPhone 12 boxes, which would help increase demand for airpods in the process. He is optimistic about the sales performance of AirPods by the end of the year, although he expects sales growth to slow in the second quarter of the COID-19 epidemic.

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