'AirPods Pro Lite' to launch in first half of 2021, at around $199

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in General Discussion edited December 2020
The latest in a long line of rumors about a lower cost version of AirPods Pro that lacks noise cancellation, claims that they are being quality tested now ahead of going on sale in 2021.

Apple's AirPods Pro
Apple's AirPods Pro


Following previous "AirPods Pro Lite" claims, including that they were close to production in February 2020, a new report says they are being prepared for sale now. Specifically, supply chain sources have said that the lower-cost AirPods Pro are due to go through Apple's quality review before the end of 2020, and will ship between January and June 2021.

According to TheElec, a South Korean "material supplier" is currently developing a system-in-package, or SiP, for the devices. The SiP reportedly utilizes Apple's H1 chip, but will be a square shape instead of the round one in the AirPods Pro.

Citing an unnamed person familiar with Apple's plans, the publication says that "AirPods Pro Lite" will cost 20% less than the regular AirPods Pro. The source also says that the Lite model was ready to ship in 2019, but was delayed when sales of the AirPods Pro proved better than expected.

An "AirPods Pro Lite" would mark the fifth version of AirPods, including the latest AirPods Max that Apple has developed.

The claim of a 20% reduction would mean Apple selling the "AirPods Pro Lite" for $199. That's the same price that the current regular AirPods cost with a Wireless Charging Case.

Those regular AirPods are also available at $159 with a non-wireless charging case. So if the report is accurate, that could mean Apple continues to offer AirPod models at $159, $199, $249, and $549.

TheElec is a reliable source of information on Apple's supply chain. It is notably less accurate predicting Apple's future product plans. Wednesday's report is more of the former than the latter.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    fred1fred1 Posts: 848member
    And why are these better than the AirPods, which cost less?
    stevemebs
  • Reply 2 of 10
    “The claim of a 20% reduction would mean Apple selling the "AirPods Pro Lite" for $199. That's the same price that the current regular AirPods cost with a Wireless Charging Case.“

    What’s the point of the lite version without the ANC features?

    Some users reported that they Hate the In the ear design so what’s the point when you can buy the regular version for supposedly close to the same price?
  • Reply 3 of 10
    Change color to distance from real pro or look alike.
    jcs2305
  • Reply 4 of 10
    Apple never downgraded his products to lite versions, with Steve Jobs always was thinking in the future looking forward to the next thing.
  • Reply 5 of 10
    These will probably be a replacement for the current AirPods and named AirPods.
    dewmeseanj
  • Reply 6 of 10
    gnnoni said:
    Apple never downgraded his products to lite versions, with Steve Jobs always was thinking in the future looking forward to the next thing.
    100% false. iBook? iPods Nano & Shuffle? Mac mini?
  • Reply 7 of 10
    AppleZuluAppleZulu Posts: 1,266member
    The use case for a reduced-feature “pro-lite” new device slotted in at this price point makes no sense. 
  • Reply 8 of 10
    AppleZuluAppleZulu Posts: 1,266member
    Maybe next up will be the iPhone 12 pro-lite max-mini, which is remarkably similar to the iPhone 12, except that it’s priced the same as the iPhone 12. 
  • Reply 9 of 10
    neillwd said:
    These will probably be a replacement for the current AirPods and named AirPods.
    Or it's just the next version of the AirPod Pro that is cheaper to manufacture (so it replaces the current Pro--which basically sells for $199 retail now).
  • Reply 10 of 10
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,079member
    AirPods Pro NotPro
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