It was reported last week that Apple is working on a low-cost version of its AirPods wireless earbuds that may arrive with an 'SE' moniker or perhaps something relatable such as AirPods Lite. Now, notable analyst Ming Chi Kuo has shared his latest findings and further cementing the existence of these unnamed AirPods.
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Apple AirPods SE or Lite release and price
The source even added that Apple is targeting the release of the earbuds in the second half of 2024. But it could be extended up to early 2025 though he didn't specify the reason for this move. In addition, the long overdue AirPods Max 2 is believed to debut alongside the toned-down AirPods.
As regards the pricing, Kuo also gave his forecast that the Apple AirPod SE will cost $99. While not final, the price could position the in-ears as the cheapest entry. Currently, the AirPods 2 are available for $129 while the more capable AirPods 3 (2021) retails for around $199.
In terms of features, the first SE-branded Apple earphones may end up as a revised variant somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd generation AirPods. It could keep the proven stem-based design and the audio chipset and codecs found on the present models.
Beyond audio devices, the iPhone maker plans to release its first AR/VR headset under its XR platform this year. This could be one of the many reasons Apple is delaying much of its AirPods hardware cycles.
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