The spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the efforts of the world to contain it have wreaked havoc with tech release schedules this year, and it seems that the next version of the Apple AirPods is the last bit of gadgetry to be delayed. A new report in the Nikkei Asian Review suggests that Apple is rushing to move part of the production of the AirPods to Vietnam instead of China and that it has a knock-on effect on plans to release new versions of the AirPods this year.
This is in line with something we heard from a respected Apple analyst last month: Ming-Chi Kuo, who is often about to make Apple predictions, has already said that we won’t see new AirPods until 2021. Nikkei Asian Review’s report also states that the demand for AirPods has been affected by the spread of the coronavirus and the closure of many Apple Stores worldwide. The production of the current AirPods models has apparently been reduced by 10 percent.
But don’t give up hope yet – we’ve also heard rumors from a respected source that a new version of the AirPods is actually ready to go and would be launched in March, at an event canceled when Covid-19 was distributed. That tip was from Jon Prosser, who is usually accurate in his information. He did say that the new AirPods could appear alongside a new MacBook Pro – the MacBook Pro has now been unveiled, but the earpods are nowhere to be found.
Part of the confusion is that these leaks all refer to different versions of the AirPods. A ‘lite’ edition of the earbuds appears on the charts, with no noise cancellation, while there are also ‘pro’ over-the-ear headphones in the pipeline.
There’s a lot of gossips and the global pandemic we’re all experiencing at the moment has caused even more chaos and confusion. It’s safe to say we can certainly look forward to new AirPods – it’s just a matter of when.