A new report claims Apple is planning to start production of the so-called “AirPods Pro Lite” soon.
Apple’s suppliers will apparently start the production of the “AirPods Pro Lite” between the end of this quarter and the beginning of the next, according to the details MacRumors checked behind the paywall preview from Digitimes.
“Production of an entry-level version of Apple’s AirPods Pro, dubbed tentatively AirPods Pro Lite, is expected to kick off between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter, according to sources at chip and component suppliers engaged in the supply chain for the TWS device,” explains Digitimes.
This likely means that assembly will kick off in April. It was previously being alleged that Apple is going to shift the bulk of assembly orders to Taiwan so that the launch takes place in the first half of the year.
While production may take place soon, it’s not a given that Apple will launch the headphones around the same time. In light of production issued caused by the coronavirus outbreak, its possible that the Cupertino company will build up a larger inventory before releasing the model.
The “AirPods Pro Lite” name is being mentioned in multiple supply chain reports, but that doesn’t mean Apple will necessarily market the product under that moniker. Be that as it may, the product should occupy the space between the regular AirPods, which cost $159 USD, and the AirPods Pro, priced at $249. Whether or not the accessory will feature the same sound quality and the active noise cancellation feature like the AirPods Pro remains to be seen.