Apple tipped to release new AirPods Pro range before year-end

AirPods have (frustratingly) become as ubiquitous as seeing the classic white ‘iPod’ earphones on the streets, and now Apple is tipped to up the ante with the release of a high-end supplement to its wireless headphone range with the release of (what will likely be called) AirPods Pro.

According to the China Economic Daily, Apple’s third-generation AirPods will apparently be revealed within the month of October and would feasibly ship just before Christmas. According to the outlet, the earphones will apparently cost around $260 USD ($100 USD more than the original AirPods presently retail for) and will have a few upmarket features.

Apparently, AirPods Pro will bring with them multiple listening modes empowered by noise-cancelling that will selectively filter and adjust their volume and intensity given what preset is active. That feature will apparently be in addition to water resistance, a new and improved audio chip, and an expanded Bluetooth range to topple the existing AirPods Apple has on the market.

Although they may not share the same moniker, the strategy is now familiar when compared to Apple’s release of the iPhone 11 Pro next to the iPhone 11, and complements existing product lines such as the iPad and iPad Pro, as well as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineup.

Should Apple proceed to hold an October event, other rumours suggest that the company will flight new iPad Pro models with internal (only) updates, along with Apple Tag – a new product that, similar to Bluetooth-enabled tracking tiles, would monitor device locations to help users find their valuables that much more quickly.

Interestingly, Apple continues to market its Beats range will full force and effect, and it remains to be seen whether the firm will closely integrate its acquired lineup with its wireless earphone range, or keep the two marques separate.

Either way, we’ll hopefully know more in a week or two.