Rumors about Apple launches are found in many groups, forums, and websites as several members of the Apple family are always considering upgrades and looking for newer models of their existing devices, with additional features. Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo has predicted that the tech giant will introduce a new AirPods Pro next year. The second-generation ear buds will have an estimated shipment of 100 million.
The analyst has also revised his estimate of the first AirPods shipment from the earlier 75-85 million to a lower figure of 70 to 75 million.
End May, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg had also reported that AirPods Pro 2 would be launched next year. Gurman had said that there would be a product change from 2019 version.
He mentioned that there would be an updated motion sensor change. This would help in fitness tracking. As is the case with all Apple analysts, the sources remain anonymous as private plans are revealed by Apple employees to select analysts.
Another nugget of information mentioned was that the original year of release for the second generation of AirPods Pro 2 was the current year, but the launch has been pushed to the next year although specific reasons for the delay are not known.
There is also a rumor that a smaller design of AirPods Pro is being tested. This design removes the stems on the AirPods. If this is indeed true, the new stemless design will be a part of the Beats Studio Buds. It could be launched as early as next month.
All Apple analysts might not be able to provide accurate information all the time, but they get some predictions right most of the time.
In an earlier interview, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple had said that many Apple research products do not see the light of the day, for various reasons. Information is closely guarded and that is why some rumors hit close to the mark while others fall off the curb.