Mass production of AirPods Pro Lite rumored to kick off in April

While the current coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak seems to have delayed planned iPhone SE 2 launch from the spring to the second quarter, an entry-level version of the AirPods Pro wireless earbuds should enter production around early to mid-April, per a new report Thursday.

Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes claims that Apple’s suppliers will begin assembly of the earbuds between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter.

MacRumors quoted the following preview of the paywalled report:

Production of an entry-level version of Apple’s AirPods Pro, dubbed tentatively AirPods Pro Lite, is expected to kick off between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter, according to sources at chip and component suppliers engaged in the supply chain for the TWS device.

The “AirPods Pro Lite” name is being mentioned in multiple supply chain reports, but that doesn’t mean Apple will necessarily market the product under that moniker. Be that as it may, the product should occupy the space between the regular AirPods, which cost $159, and the AirPods Pro, priced at $249. Whether or not the accessory will feature the same sound quality and the active noise cancellation feature like the AirPods Pro remains to be seen.

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We’ll be making sure to update this article with expanded information from the DigiTimes report, which should be published in full by tomorrow.

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