“Should I wait for the 2020 AirPods?” That is something I am hearing more and more from friends and readers who want to know if it is worth waiting for AirPods 3 or AirPods Pro Lite as they may be called. This is what you need to know and if you should wait.
Originally expected in March, a new report suggests that the 2020 AirPods release date is coming in May, while another report suggests you will need to wait much longer to get new AirPods.
I’ve been monitoring the rumors to stay on top of what may be coming, and what you may want to wait for. Whether you are using the original AirPods, AirPods 2, or AirPods Pro, this is what you need to know about waiting for the new AirPods this year — whatever they are called.
If you buy AirPods right now, your options are to get the AirPods (2019) model or AirPods Pro. You can still find the original AirPods on sale, but they aren’t worth buying in 2020 unless you find an amazing deal on them.
Here are the reasons you should wait for the 2020 AirPods before you buy;
- Wait For New AirPods Features
- Wait If You Want Over the Ear AirPods
- Wait for Better Water Resistance
- Wait Until the End of May
While it does make sense for many shoppers to wait, it will be a while before we see new models, so there are also a good number of reasons not to wait for the 2020 AirPods including;
- Don’t Wait If You Need New Headphones Now
- Don’t Wait for Deals
- Don’t Wait If You Find a Good Alternative
The current 2020 AirPods rumors are quite sparse, but we are hearing about potential AirPods Pro Lite models, which sound a lot like new 2020 AirPods.
The most recent report indicates that Apple is ready to ship the 2020 AirPods, which means that an announcement could come any day now. Prosser accurately predicted the release date for the iPhone SE 2 and 2020 MacBook Pro 13.
According to Nikkei, Apple is pushing the AirPods back in response to COVID complications.
We’ve heard the new model described as an entry-level version of the AirPods Pro. The DigiTimes report mentioned production in Q2 2020. Another report appeared on February 21st, which suggests the 2020 AirPods are coming in Q2, but that the coronavirus means that production wouldn’t start until the end of the quarter.
In early March a new report from DigiTimes again mentions the AirPods Pro Lite model name. Production is still reportedly on track for late Q1 and early Q2.
The current lineup of AirPods and AirPods Pro doesn’t leave much room for a third model, so there is a very good chance that this rumor is talking about a new 2020 AirPods model that replaces the standard version retailing for $159.
New AirPods (which were supposed to be at the March Event) are now ready to go.
Probably alongside the MacBook Pro next month.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 19, 2020
A new rumor about future AirPods states that Apple could add ambient light sensors to the AirPods, but this is for AirPods coming in the next year or two. We don’t expect that this will come to the 2020 AirPods.
Read below for more on each of these reasons. I will update the rumors section above as we learn more about what you can expect from 2020 AirPods.
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