Massive upgrade! New AirPods, AirPods Max to launch in 2024

Apple’s AirPods lineup could be refreshed with as many as 3 models planned for a 2024 release. Here’s what we know about it.

| Updated on: Oct 26 2023, 15:31 IST
iPhone user? Reduce exposure to loud noise while using AirPods with THIS trick
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1/6 Nobody enjoys loud environmental noise while listening to their favorite songs or podcasts while on-the-go. But sometimes, that’s just the situation. But, if you are an iPhone user and own a pair of AirPods (any generation) or an AirPods Max headphone, then you can easily navigate through this issue. (Pexels)
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2/6 There are two modes in your AirPods. The first is transparency mode which lets you listen in to the ambient noises. This is handy in case you need to pay attention to what’s going around you. The other is Active Noise Cancellation which is helpful when you want to not listen to anything happening around you. (Unsplash)
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3/6 All you need to do is to go to Settings on your iPhone and then move through Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodations. Turn Headphone Accomodations on. Once turned on, you can seamlessly navigate between Transparency mode and Active Noise Cancellation mode.   (Pexels)
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4/6 To turn on Transparency mode using your iPhone, tap Transparency Mode, turn on Custom Transparency Mode, then turn on Ambient Noise Reduction. To turn on Active Noise Cancellation mode, go to Noise control and switch on Active Noise Cancellation mode.   (Pexels)
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5/6 You can also toggle these controls directly through your audio device. When you're wearing both AirPods, press and hold the force sensor on either AirPod to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. You can customize which modes to switch between (Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode and Off) in Bluetooth settings on your iPhone, iPad or Mac. (Pexels)
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6/6 You can do the same using your Apple Watch. Simply tap the AirPlay icon while playing music through your watch. Tap Noise Cancellation, Transparency or Off to control between the settings.   (Pexels)
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AirPods Max could get the USB Type-C upgrade, as per Mark Gurman. (Unsplash)

Apple has been planning a major refresh to its AirPods lineup, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has just revealed. The Cupertino-based tech giant recently unveiled the updated AirPods Pro 2nd Generation with USB Type-C at the Wonderlust event on September 12. However, it did not have any hardware upgrades except the charging port. But that does not mean Apple has completely neglected its TWS earbuds. According to the latest reports, the company is planning to revamp its AirPods lineup in 2024. Let us take a closer look.

New AirPods coming soon

According to Gurman (via MacRumors), Apple has reportedly planned a major refresh of its AirPods lineup, as part of it, it will unveil a new entry-level AirPods, as well as AirPods Max. For the unaware, the AirPods Max, which launched in 2020, has not seen any upgrade so far. Therefore, an upgrade, or perhaps AirPods Max 2 is likely.

Reports claim Apple will phase out the second and third generation of AirPods and will introduce two variants of base AirPods, priced differently. Both of them will feature shorter stems, and the higher-end variant will reportedly feature Active Noise Cancellation. This feature has eluded the AirPods so far, with only the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max featuring this technology.

“That model will also get an updated charging case that includes speakers for Find My alerts, matching the current AirPods Pro. Those alerts make it easier for users to find their case when it gets lost”, Gurman said.

While the report states that Apple will look to improve the fit of the AirPods, there is no confirmation whether it will feature silicon ear tips this time around. With regards to AirPods Max, it is also expected to get an upgrade to a USB Type-C port, while new colours could also be unveiled.

AirPods Pro upgrades

According to Gurman, Apple could upgrade the AirPods Pro so that it could potentially serve as a hearing aid replacement by collecting hearing data. It could also feature a new design and a newer chip inside. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that future versions of AirPods could get biometric health-monitoring facilities. These upgrades debut with the next-generation AirPods Pro in 2025.

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First Published Date: 26 Oct, 15:31 IST