According to a new supply chain report, a number of AirPods 2 parts have been contracted for production well into 2020, suggesting that Apple doesn't plan to replace its spring AirPods with the eventual AirPods 3 (or 2) which it is expected to announce in the fall with a number of new features. Thus, the current AirPods with wireless charging, always-on Siri, and H1 processor, may be sold alongside the fall model that is rumored to be water-resistant and with noise-cancelling features.
That could only mean one thing - higher price for the AirPods 3 model which may sport a different design given that its main added value is expected to be the noise cancellation feature. This is why we asked you how much do you think Apple will charge for the new design and features of the AirPods model coming in the fall, and most of you think that they will sit above the current AirPods + Wireless Charging Case = $199 bundle, and yet wouldn't warrant pricing above the $250 that Apple wants for the new PowerBeats Pro true wireless pair and their whopping 9 hours of listening time.
That's still a fairly wide $50 range, so we can call it $229 and change, yet the bigger question is whether that would include the AirPods 3 wireless charging case, too, if they ship with one. A full 22% of our respondents think that Apple will go $250 and above for the new noise-canceling design and waterproof features, and they might be right, especially if we add a fresh wireless charging case to the mix.
What do you think will be the price of the noise-canceling AirPods 3 in the fall?
$159 (current AirPods 2) or less
$160-$199 (current AirPods with wireless charging case)
$200-$249 (PowerBeats Pro)
$250 or more
AirPods 3 vs AirPods 2 vs PowerBeats Pro design and price changes
While the AirPods' beauty is in the eye of the beholder, protruding stem and all, they have proven themselves in battle numerous times as being a good design for calls, as the mics are closer to the caller's mouth than other in-ear looks. Add this to the fact that you can do light exercise with them without falling, and Apple's first foray into true wireless buds cover the vast majority of scenarios you might use them in - just look around in the gym next time you go.
Famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported last month that "Apple is set to launch two new AirPods hardware models as early as the fourth quarter of 2019... One of these models is reported as an iterative update to the existing AirPods, and other will come with an all-new form factor and associated higher price."
While we aren't sure what exactly changes will be brought to the current AirPods generation, given that it was just updated a short while ago, the "all-new form factor" prediction for the AirPods 3 spells trouble for your wallet's thickness.
A noise-cancelling, waterproof redesign will certainly come at a higher retail cost but the good news is that the current AirPods edition looks poised to being sold alongside the new gear that will isolate you from the troubles of the world, even when you are diving. The fall season for hearables just got way more interesting to expect.