Apple allegedly working on cheaper 'AirPods Lite'

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Analysts are now suggesting that Apple may develop a "lite" version of its AirPods to compete against cheaper wireless earbuds.

AirPods 3
AirPods 3

Apple's AirPods, while popular, are not cheap when looking at the wireless earbud market as a whole. For example, AirPods 2 start at $129, and AirPods 3 cost $169, which may be a turnoff for some buyers. Now, one analyst believes Apple may be preparing to add a more budget-friendly model to its lineup.

In a note seen by 9to5Mac, analyst Jeff Pu alleges that Apple will release a "lower priced product" as a means of competing in the budget wireless earbud market.

According to the note, Pu claims that demand for AirPods is expected to decline over the next year. In 2022, Apple sold 73 million units, but Pu believes it could drop to 63 million in 2023. He also thinks this would be due to "soft AirPods 3 demand," and because Apple may not release new AirPods in 2023.

Currently, it's not apparent what features "AirPods Lite" would have or how much they would cost at launch.

As 9to5Mac points out, Apple could also reduce the price of the second-generation AirPods even further.

Previously, rumors suggested that Apple could be working on "AirPods Pro Lite," a product designed to fill the niche between AirPods and AirPods Pro. However, rumors regarding "AirPods Pro Lite" tapered off by the end of 2020.

In September, Apple released the second generation of AirPods Pro. The updated model boasts improvements to audio quality while keeping the same design of its predecessor.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    I prefer the gen 2 over gen 3 AirPods. So does my wife. The gen 3 are too big for our ears and fall out pretty easily. I’ve got my gen 3 sitting in the draw and gone back to gen two. I find them a bit fiddly and easy to drop as well. A shame, as they do perform better but ergonomically aren’t great for us.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    Apple just needs to make the Gen2 AirPods sub £100, perhaps £75.  They're a great quality product and better than (or as good as) most of the sub £150 products (without ANC).

    Equally I might argue Apple has nothing to worry about here.. I remember when they first got released and people mocked them but they're pretty much ubiquitous amongst London commuters now
    edited January 3 n2itivguywatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 3
    Am enjoying the gen 2  since they were released at the end of September. Still can’t believe how much of an improvement there is over the gen 1 AirPod pro. You could pick up a pair for 199+ tax during the holidays, which I think is a very reasonable price for such an excellent product.
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