Apple AirPods Pro to arrive this month with high price tag, noise cancelation

Apple AirPods Pro to arrive this month with high price tag, noise cancelation
AirPods Pro concept renders by Phone Industry

Apple’s been working on a pair of premium AirPods that’ll be positioned above the current product for quite some time now, and following a few leaks recently, one report claims they could be just around the corner.

New design, noise cancelation, $100 more expensive


China Economic Daily says Apple’s third-generation AirPods will be unveiled later this month and hit shelves soon after just in time for the all-important Christmas shopping season. The report specifically mentions Europe and North America but the next-gen ‘hearables’ will presumably launch globally.

Until now, the company’s third-generation AirPods have largely been referred to as ‘AirPods 3’ but it’s claimed today that Apple will instead market them as ‘AirPods Pro.’ This will help convey the extra features clearly to consumers and help make the higher price tag more justifiable.

Speaking of the price tag, China Economic Daily believes they will cost around $260 which means Apple’s probably going to price them at $259, exactly $100 more than the current-generation AirPods when sold without the wireless charging case. For this extra cash, consumers will gain access to an all-new design that was recently envisioned in some concept renders.

Additionally, multiple listening modes are to be expected. The latter will be enabled by a new noise cancelation feature that’ll be available as standard and adjusts depending on the settings of each listening mode. The package should be completed by water resistance, an improved audio chip, and an extended Bluetooth range.

Apple’s AirPods Pro introduction might take place at an event later this month. Early rumors suggest it could take place on Wednesday, October 30 but Apple is yet to send out media invites to the highly anticipated press conference.

What else could Apple announce if it holds an October event?


In addition to working on a new pair of AirPods, Apple is reportedly preparing an updated iPad Pro lineup that may incorporate a triple-camera setup on the rear which looks similar to the one present on the iPhone 11 Pro. It'll probably borrow the latter's main sensor and ultra-wide-angle shooter but rumors suggest the telephoto alternative might be replaced by a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor which is going to improve the accuracy of AR content and ultimately help Apple with its long-term AR strategy.

The front of Apple's next-generation iPad Pro models should remain unchanged from the current ones but some internal upgrades are to be expected. Specifically, a more powerful processor based upon the A13 Bionic and presumably called the A13X Bionic is going to power the tablets. Apple currently ships its Pro-branded iPads with a minimum of 4GB of RAM but the company could up this to 6GB of RAM with the next iteration. The entry-level storage count will probably remain at 64GB, though.

Another product that may appears is Apple Tag – an item tracker that'll rival Tile products. You'll be able to attach it to personal items such as your wallet or keys and track them via the Find My app on both iOS and Mac. To make the process of finding items easier, leaks suggest Apple Tags will incorporate AR capabilities and the company's new Ultra-wideband U1 chip that's also included inside the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and provides extremely accurate location data.

Other devices at Apple's rumored October event might include a 16-inch MacBook Pro with slim bezels, an updated Apple TV, and a pair of over-ear headphones that'll be positioned above the company's current Beats-branded lineup.

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35 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This render looks so ugly compared to the Pixel Buds 2

14. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

They're earbuds, not earrings. Nobody will care as long as they function well or give them clout. See: AirPods in general.

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AirPods get a pass because they are made by Apple No other OEM would get away with such as ugly design

23. Cat97

Posts: 1972; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Nevertheless, Apple's strategy of removing the headphone jack was a brilliant business move. The AirPods cost half of what a phone costs, and the cost to build is probably $25 or so. Genius profit maker for Apple !

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 656; Member since: May 02, 2016

I don't know bro .. if this is the actual Airpods 3 it just looks tooo wrong

3. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Airpods are so ugly, in general.

4. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yeah that’s why its the best selling wireless earphones. Gonna put this in my bucket list, apple card here we comes.

6. Deadeye

Posts: 131; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

Most of the people buy them to show off their beloved Apple gear. There are far better alternatives on the market, be it from BOSE, JBL or Sennheiser.

8. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Here is the thing, all those companies would love to have the Airpods numbers so that excuse is not valid. Not sure why some folks get triggered on things like this. If its not your cup of tea, then don't buy it, simple, but they don't stop there, they have to try to crap on others making their own decisions. Unless you are paying for them shut-up and let others enjoy their purchase.

12. iushnt

Posts: 3145; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It’s no brainer that JBL, Bose offer better products though. Sales of Coca-Cola are great too but that doesn’t make it the best soft drink.

15. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Again, best in this instance is all subjective, which is beautiful because folks can vote with their wallet and in this case they have. In this case what's best for you is not the case for most it seems which is fine.

28. iushnt

Posts: 3145; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I am not concerned about which is more popular, it is normal for people to vote with their wallets for well positioned products. However, people like us, who follows tech, should be knowing the better alternatives for ourselves. I use an iPhone but I chose earbuds made by KEF for $250 because it’s totally awesome. I didn’t give a shtt about which product is mostly popular in terms of consumers wallet. However, if audio quality is not anyone’s concern or priority then AirPods is fine.

37. mackan84

Posts: 616; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

As long as they all have rubber tips I’ll get the airpods 1.5 version.

20. midan

Posts: 3100; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Coca-Cola is best soft drink for majority. That's why it sells so much So i don't understand why you mentioned it?

29. iushnt

Posts: 3145; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How can you say coca-cola is best soft drink because it’s sole reason for sales is the push- sales from it’s awesome marketing campaigns. There are a lot more different soft drinks in this world which I bet everyone of us will find better than Coca-Cola. If someone sells so much and you consider that best, then, do you accept that Android is the best mobile OS.

5. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Meanwhile Sony's WF-1000XM3 goes for less, has a decent length of battery life and is a bit less ridiculous looking all while having ANC and passive isolation.

9. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

You know the beauty in all this, others could care less about that. People vote with their wallets, just like you can, if its not your cup of tea move on.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3145; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Triggered?

16. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

nope just pointing out folks have voted with their wallets,

7. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Power Beats Pro already that price. Probably never get these. Still on my first gen pods. Also have some Jaybirds when I need better noise reduction.

10. Derekjeter

Posts: 1552; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Everyone has dropped the price of the beats Pro. Some retailers have them as low as $160, but most are around $199. Price reduction would indicate these new AirPods coming soon.

11. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I could apply my 60 dollar gift card and get em for cheaper too.

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1541; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I don't really care for looks, but I would like Apple to finaly release something that does not suck audiowise.

22. midan

Posts: 3100; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

AirPods doesn't suck audiowise

24. wickedwilly

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

For music they are one if not the worst sounding wireless earbuds.

27. mixedfish

Posts: 1565; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Even CNET the Apple lovers have admitted the Airpod audio leaves a lot to be desired. There are even synthetic wave analysis of the Airpods which suggests they are the equivalent of $4 supermarket earphone quality.

18. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

All other wireless buds combined haven’t sold 1/4 of what AirPods have. Apple has hit after hit.

19. japkoslav

Posts: 1541; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

That only proves you can sell mediocre product with right PR and logo slaped on it.

21. midan

Posts: 3100; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Not this logo etc. nonsense again. AirPods Sounds very good for majority of people and combine that with very effortless and easy use and pairing and you understand why those are hit. Let's also not forget that majority of people use very cheap earphones with their phones, so now you can get same just wireless and very effortless use, so i dont see why wouldn't it sell?

34. japkoslav

Posts: 1541; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Lets not forget majority of people are less than capable of critical thinking and evaluation. Airpods are destroyed by 20$ TWS, likes of QCY T1c.

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