Apple’s next headset leaves itself to be desired

Apple’s next headset leaves itself to be desired

The AirPods Max 2 are long overdue. Almost three years after the release of the first generation, Apple does not seem in a hurry to launch a new headset. The release date would be even further away than expected.

In December 2020, Apple unveiled its first headphones: the AirPods Max. Offered at the high price of 629 euros, it quickly made a name for itself in the segment of high-end headphones, in particular thanks to the quality of its active noise reduction.

Quite logically, we expected Apple to offer a second version of the helmet over the following years. Several rumors have also given hope of the arrival of the AirPods Max 2 in the fall of 2022, two years after the release of the first generation. It did not happen. Apple was content to enrich its catalog with the AirPods 3 and the AirPods Pro 2 last year.

Read also : why Apple clamped down on AirPods Max noise canceling with an update

No AirPods Max 2 before 2024

The prospect of a new AirPods Max was then postponed until the fall of 2023. But according to new information collected by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from his sources in the industry, it will be necessary to show a little more more patient. According to him, the AirPods Max 2 will not be marketed before the second half of the following year, i.e. 2024.

At this point, the release date could still be shifted to the first half of 2025, Kuo clarifies. Mass production should be entrusted to Luxshare-ICT, a regular partner of Apple, and the Taiwanese firm Hon Teng. Either way, Apple doesn’t seem to be in a rush to release a new generation of AirPods Max.

As we explained to you recently, Apple is not going to flood the market with new products this year. The firm is allocating a large part of its resources to its first mixed reality headset, the presentation of which is expected in June 2023. As the date approaches, Apple engineers are still busy with the project. De facto, do not expect a host of novelties on the side of the brand’s other products.

Information regarding the AirPods Max 2 is still scarce. According to a patent approved last year, the helmet could be amputated of its selection wheel. To adjust the volume, summon Siri and switch from one track to another, Apple would integrate a touch surface, which promises to be similar to that of the AirPods Pro 2. Moreover, the leaks are counting on new colors and the addition of the H2 chipwhich succeeds the H1 chip of the first AirPods Max. Already embedded in the second generation AirPods Pro, it could have an essential role in the compatibility between the future AirPods Max and Apple’s mixed reality headset.

The AirPods Lite are confirmed

Ming-Chi Kuo also prophesies the release of AirPods “ more affordable “. According to the analyst, Apple would like to market the headphones around $99. For comparison, the brand currently offers the AirPods 3 for $169 in the United States.

In France, the headphones are sold at the starting price of 209 euros. The AirPods 2 are still available from Apple, at the reduced price of 159 euros. We can expect a price of around or below 100 euros for the cheaper AirPods.

Kuo’s report corroborates the latest assertions by Jeff Pu, financial analyst at Haitong Intl Tech Research. A few days ago, he also predicted the release of a discounted pair of AirPods, the AirPods Lite. These would allow Apple to compete with the cheapest headphones on the market. However, Apple should not sink into its usual failings and drag its technological offer too far down to match it, in its eyes, at a lower price.

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