AirPods Pro

It hasn’t been very long since Apple launched the AirPods Pro, but word is that the company is planning to launch a new version of the truly wireless headphones in the near future.

DigiTimes has a story preview today that echoes a previous rumor that Apple is working on new AirPods Pro, what’s being referred to as “AirPods Pro Lite” for now. Unfortunately the publication has not actually published the story just yet, so there isn’t a lot of information to go on here just yet. Here’s the preview, though:

USI likely to enter supply chain of AirPods Pro, sources say

Taiwan-based Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a unit of ASE Technology, is likely to obtain system-in-package (SiP) orders for the upcoming AirPods Pro, according to industry sources.

The preview doesn’t actually say anything about a new branding for these truly wireless headphones, referring to the accessories simply as “AirPods Pro”. But it’s likely that the report is referring to the rumored version, rather than the in-ear headphones that are already on the market.

The rumored AirPods Pro Lite are apparently an “entry-level” version of the truly wireless headphones that Apple launched last year. It’s unknown what that means features wise, though. The AirPods Pro feature a slight design change compared to the standard AirPods, and boast active noice cancellation (ANC) as well. Will the “lite” version of AirPods Pro drop ANC? It’s possible.

If the “lite” version of the AirPods Pro does exist, it’s likely the new headphones will have the same audio quality and design, but drop the noise cancellation. If that is indeed the case, it will be interesting to see if these are as popular as the other version of AirPods have been in the past.

A previous report from earlier this week, suggested that coronavirus concerns could delay the planned production of the rumored truly wireless headphones. As it stands, it’s expected that production will begin sometime before the end of the second quarter of this year.

How about you? If Apple launches the AirPods Pro Lite, will you pick up a pair?