Apple is “developing” a new inexpensive version of its earbuds called “AirPods Pro Lite” – but these will be without the high-quality features
- Report outlines Apple relocates some operations to Taiwan due to outbreak
- The document reveals that Apple is working on a new pair of wireless earbuds
- It calls them ‘AirPod Pro Lite’ and becomes a cheaper version than Air Pods Pro
- However, the new version does not have the high-tech functions in their design
A report outlining Apple’s shift in its supply chain operations to Taiwan during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has revealed a new product.
Under the name “AirPod Pro Lite”, the earphones are cheaper than its predecessor, which costs $ 249, but without the advanced features such as active noise reduction and adaptive equalizer.
Although a price for the new version has yet to be mentioned, anonymous sources said they should be released later, “because the epidemic has increased the risk of shortages of raw materials and disruptions of shipments due to uncertain resumption of normal operations at component suppliers and assembly plants in China. “
“Apple, which maintains partnerships with supply chains in both Taiwan and China, may allow its Taiwanese partners to release new generation of” iPad “,” Apple Watch “, AirPod Pro Lite, and” iMac “devices because the epidemic risks the risk of commodity shortages and shipments disruptions due to uncertain resumption of normal activities at component suppliers and assembly plants in China, the sources told Digitimes.
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“AirPod Pro Lite” will be cheaper than its predecessor (shown on Apple’s AirPods Pro) that costs $ 249, but without the advanced features such as active noise reduction and adaptive equalizer
It is unclear exactly what DigiTimes refers to by “AirPod Pro Lite”, since Apple released the AirPods Pro in October last year in October.
The wireless earbuds were such a hit, they were almost sold out within two months.
Although the technology in the cheap version is unknown, it is safe to say that they look similar to the AirPods Pro.
The current wireless earbuds come in three different sizes and have flexible silicone earbuds that meet the contours of each individual ear.
Although a price for the new version has yet to be mentioned, anonymous sources said they should be released later, “because the epidemic has increased the risk of shortages of raw materials and disruptions of shipments due to uncertain resumption of normal operations at component suppliers and assembly plants in China
Apple has noted that this design is “a critical factor for delivering immersive sound.”
Apple is always pushing new updates for its AirPods Pro, but the last one released last month appeared to reduce the ability to block out ambient noise – a feature the company bragged about prior to the device’s release.
Several editors in a recent post say they have noticed a notable difference in premium earbuds after a firmware update in December.
An analysis by Rtings.com shows that the reports may be more than just anecdotes. In a test that assessed the AirPods before and after a recent firmware update, researchers discovered the ability of the wireless earbuds to eliminate noise.
“After the update to Firmware 2C54, we re-tested the headphones and our results showed a fairly significant decrease in insulation performance, especially in the bass range,” Rtings.com writes in a review this month.
“This means that with [ambient noise cancelling] switched on, these headphones will not be nearly as good at blocking the low engine noise of aircraft or buses as before this update. This assessment reflects these changes. “
That assessment is confirmed by at least a few Reddit customers who complain about hearing more ambient noise from the New York City subway or from an aircraft after the firmware update.
“I cannot prove that they have reduced it [ambient noise cancelling] but I can tell you that I hear more noise during my drive home. Where total silence prevailed, I can now record more ambient noise. Could it be in my mind? Of course, “writes Reddit users. “But there are plenty of people who say the same …”