Apple may launch cheaper AirPods, game controller, two HomePods, and more soon
Cheaper AirPods could arrive next month
Further details about them were not provided, but the aforementioned anonymous leaker believes the new AirPods will act as a cheaper version. The product strategy used by Apple to create them was compared to that of the iPhone SE.
If true, customers can likely expect a pair of AirPods that look identical to the 2019 version but with some internal downgrades such as a smaller battery and lower audio quality. Ultimately, though, this is purely speculation at this stage.
Long-term, that should make removing the Lightning port on iPhones a slightly less controversial decision.
One big HomePod and one small HomePod
Apple is expected to offer support for additional music streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube Music, and Pandora. Improvements to Siri are also expected as part of a plan to revamp smart home efforts.
Earlier reports have mentioned a targeted release in the second half of the year, which makes an announcement alongside the iPhone 12 series very likely.
AirPower and AirPower Mini are on the way
It should be able to charge one device at a time and arrive later this year alongside a revived version of the AirPower charging mat. The latter will reportedly retail at $250 and charge three devices at a time including AirPods, an Apple Watch, or an iPhone.
An Apple Game Controller and a new Apple TV
Apple Arcade debuted last fall as a gaming subscription service and was met with a lot of praise. Now, Apple wants to double-down on its efforts surrounding the service.
Countless reports say an updated Apple TV complete with 4K support and the next-gen A14 Bionic is on track for a release later this year. L0veToDream agrees and believes Apple will focus heavily on its gaming capabilities.