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Two new AirPods models incoming for the biggest launch to date

Apple is gearing up production for two new AirPods models – one that's entry level and one that's mid-range, both with USB-C.

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If you’re looking for an easy set of wireless earbuds, then you’ve probably considered AirPods. If you’ve got an iPhone in your pocket, that is. They’re by far the easiest buds to pop in your lugs if you’re in the Apple camp. There are different generations to pick from, catering to different budgets. And there are two new AirPods models incoming to replace the cheaper devices latest this year in the “biggest launch to date”.

According to Apple analyst Mark Gurman’s latest Power On newsletter, Apple is gearing up to introduce two new AirPods models. They’re set to enter the mass production stage this May. Bid farewell to the current AirPods 3, as the new models are slated to replace the current 2nd and 3rd generation options. At the moment, they’re cloaked in mystery as codenames B768E and B768M.

Apple’s aiming to bring an updated design that promises a better fit. And, of course, the new models will see a switch to USB-C charging. The cherry on top? The more premium model out of the pair will not only pamper your ears with active noise cancellation but will also come equipped with a Find My feature for the case – a nod to its Pro siblings.

The stage is set for what Apple hopes to be a symphonic success, especially after the AirPods 3’s performance that didn’t quite perform a standing ovation. With a production tune of 20-25 million units, Apple’s betting big on these earbuds. With production starting in May, you can expect to see them launch in September alongside the upcoming iPhone 16.

But don’t expect AirPods Pro until 2025. Gurman previously reported the new pro buds won’t be released until next year. They’ll come with new software features like a hearing aid mode. AirPods Max are also due an upgrade, but it’s not clear when.

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Connor is a writer for Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website. He has been writing for around seven years now, with writing across the web and in print too. Connor has experience on most major platforms, though does hold a place in his heart for macOS, iOS/iPadOS, electric vehicles, and smartphone tech. Just like everyone else around here, he’s a fan of gadgets of all sorts! Aside from writing, Connor is involved in the startup scene. This exciting involvement puts him at the front of new and exciting tech, always on the lookout for innovating products.

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