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It’s been nearly a year and a half since Apple released a new AirPods model, but new Apple headphones might be on the way soon. Apple is ramping up production for two new pairs of AirPods — the AirPods Lite and a new AirPods Max. 

That’s according to industry analyst Jeff Pu, who predicted Apple will release the “low cost” AirPods Lite and updated AirPods Max later this year. 

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The news is in line with reports from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has suggested that the inexpensive AirPods could be priced at $99, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who reported last month on an entry-level AirPods and a mid-tier AirPods model coming out soon. Both AirPods models will feature USB-C charging, a new design, and a comfortable, improved fit, as reported by ZDNET’s Jada Jones.

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The two new models should replace Apple’s second- and third-generation AirPods models. The higher-end model, which we can presume is the AirPods Max, will feature noise cancellation, too, according to Gurman. 

Apple currently sells five different AirPods models. There might be a smaller supply for these new AirPods, because Apple is decreasing AirPods volume this year due to “muted demand for existing models,” according to Pu.  


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