Top-secret NEW AirPods design 'coming in weeks' – and it's very different | The Sun

APPLE may be working on a revamped pair of AirPods with a NEW design.

The iconic wireless earbuds seem to be everywhere – but they could soon look very different.

Apple is reportedly developing a pair of AirPods without stems.

They would simply sit in the ear like small buds, potentially with a wingtip design to keep them in-ear.

That's according to Apple blog 9to5Mac, citing respected tech expert and industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo says that the new design will be available on the AirPods Pro model only – at least initially.

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"We expect Apple to launch AirPods Pro 2…with new selling points, including a new form factor design, support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) format," said TF Securities analyst Kuo.

"And a charging case that can emit a sound for users to track.

"We are optimistic about the demand for AirPods Pro 2 and estimate shipments will reach 18–20million units in 2022."

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Apple first launched the AirPods back in 2016 – with bemused fans comparing the design electric toothbrush heads at first.

But the AirPods are now a cultural icon covered by teens and adults alike.

Apple has since launched several generations of AirPods, including a Pro model.

And while they all offer different features, they still all feature a stem on each bud.

Removing the stem would significantly reduce the size of the gadget.

It would also potentially force Apple to rethink the physical controls, as AirPods Pro owners can currently squeeze the stem to perform functions – like pausing playback.

Apple could potentially move these touch controls onto the earbud itself.

Of course, Apple hasn't confirmed any such plans – so take all rumours with a pinch of salt for now.

Pod predictions

So when will these slick new AirPods Pro be available?

Sadly there's no definitive answer, although the original AirPods Pro are now three years old.

Apple is set to host a special event on September 7 where we'll likely see the launch of the iPhone 14.

That could be a great opportunity for Apple to drop an upgrade to one of its most popular iPhone accessories.

If not, there's also talk of Apple hosting a second event in October for a new iPad launch.

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This could also be a prime slot for a new AirPods Pro reveal.

Unfortunately we won't know the truth until Apple chief Tim Cook gets on stage later this year.

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