Analyst says AirPods Lite, new AirPods Max are coming later this year

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has introduced a new firmware update for the AirPods Max. 

In a note to clients — as noted by 9to5Mac — analyst Jeff Pu says Apple will release new lower-cost “AirPods Lite” sometime during the second half of 2024. He adds that new AirPods Max units are coming later this year. 

This lines up with a January report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a In a series of tweets he saidApple’s next-generation AirPods will likely begin mass shipments in the second half of 2024 or the first half of 2025. 

He said this will include more affordable AirPods (around US$99) as well as an updated AirPod Max. Currently, the second generation AirPods cost $129 and the third gen AirPods are $169 with a Lightning charging case and at $179 with a MagSafe case. 

Kuo offered no details on what he’s expecting with new AirPods Max, which was released in December 2020 and costs $549. However, MacRumors thinks that new features could include: customizability with interchangeable headbands and earcups; automatic left and right ear detection; touch pads on the earfuls for audio control; H2 processors; better noise cancellation; improved battery life; MagSafe charging; and a lower-pried, sports-oriented model.

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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.