TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed in his latest research note to investors that Apple’s next-generation AirPods will enter mass production during the first half of 2021. The analyst noted that these third-generation AirPods will feature the same System-in-Package as found in the AirPods Pro (via MacRumors).
According to Kuo, the upcoming new AirPods will replace the rigid-flex PCB+SMT design of the second-generation ?AirPods? and that these internal updates will be the biggest change to the next ?AirPods model.
The analyst suggests that the third-generation AirPods will not include any design changes and will look the same as the second-generation ?AirPods?.
“The third-generation ?AirPods? will go to mass production in the 1H21, and the most significant change of the internal design of this new model is the adoption of SiP to replace the rigid-flex PCB+SMT design of second-generation ?AirPods?. We believe that Apple will pull in this new model because of the declining demand for second-generation ?AirPods?. Luxshare ICT will be the main supplier for this new model.”
Although recent rumours have claimed that Apple is working on a set of ?new AirPods Pro? without Active Noise Cancellation or a “cheaper ?AirPods Pro? model,” Kuo does not mention these earbuds.