A brand new icon unearthed within the not too long ago launched iOS 13.2 beta gives us with a have a look at what might very effectively be the brand new AirPods design we’ve been listening to a lot about over the previous few months. Originally unearthed by MacRumors, the brand new design is a slight tweak of the unique and seems to characteristic rubber tips about the aspect of every earbud.
According to 1 supply claiming to be conversant in Apple’s plans, the corporate is planning to introduce a brand new AirPods design with noise cancellation options later this yr, and presumably with sufficient lead time to reap the benefits of the busy vacation procuring season.
Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, nonetheless, has a barely totally different take. According to a analysis observe Kuo issued this previous April, Apple is planning to launch two model new variations of its fashionable AirPods within the coming months. One is slated to be an iterative improve over the present mannequin whereas the second — which can not launch till early 2020 — will characteristic the aforementioned new design.
In any occasion, the alleged AirPods three icon might be seen under:
The file identify consists of reference to a B298 code identify, and the picture is contained within the Accessibility Settings folder. This might counsel these new AirPods will comprise a brand new accessibility characteristic similar to having the ability to use them as listening to aids, or it could possibly be associated to current Live Listen capabilities
The timing of Apple’s AirPods three launch, if it does occur later this yr, could be a bit fascinating provided that it’s solely been just a few months since Apple launched AirPods 2. That stated, with competitors within the wi-fi headphones area heating up, it wouldn’t be that surprising to see Apple speed up its launch schedule ever so barely.
On a associated observe, a report from DigiTimes earlier this yr relayed that incorporating a noise cancellation characteristic on a pair of cord-free headphones like AirPods isn’t with out its set of challenges.
On the one hand, semiconductor units can hardly work with out struggling electromagnetic disturbance, and alternatively, how the structural design of the noise ahead suggestions microphone might be accomplished effectively to realize harmonious operation with different units is a superb problem for designers and assemblers.
It’s additionally value noting noise cancellation characteristic might doubtlessly have a destructive affect on battery life. That stated, Apple over time has confirmed fairly adept at…