Apple will be will be holding its “Unleashed” event this Monday, October 18, starting at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. EST). We think the title “Unleashed” has to do with the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that are likely to be introduced. And these models are expected to be powered by Apple’s powerful M1 chip afterwards.
The M1 was created to replace the Intel processors that Apple used on the Mac. With 16 billion transistors, the M1 is built by TSMC using its 5nm process node. The successor, the M1X, could be manufactured using TSMC’s second-generation 5nm process node.
Wedbush Analyst Daniel Ives Sees Apple Introducing New AirPods Next Monday
Since Apple didn’t hesitate to use the M1 in the iPad Pro, Apple’s next generation of premium slate could run on the M1X. Because the M series uses ARM’s architecture, there is even speculation about Apple using a chip like the M1 or M1X for the iPhone someday.
AirPods 3 could look like AirPods Pro with its shorter stem
At Monday’s “Unleashed” event, we expect Apple to finally introduce the third-generation AirPods. And our prediction is confirmed by Wedbush analyst Dan Ives whose note to clients was read by MacRumors. Ives says the third-generation AirPods are modeled after the AirPods Pro, which means they should sport a shorter stem than the second-generation AirPods.
Even though it is believed that the third generation AirPods look like the AirPods Pro, they will not offer Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), as Apple would prefer to keep this as the main difference between the standard and “Pro” models. The new AirPods are said to offer improved sound quality and possibly other new features, including a smaller charging case. Wedbush’s supply chain checks reveal that true wireless stereo headphones have already been manufactured and are all ready to ship.
Apple plans to keep the AirPods 2 in the lineup, which means the company has several pricing and marketing scenarios in mind. It could keep the AirPods 2 priced at $ 159 (with wired charging case) or $ 199 (with wireless charging case) and increase the price of the AirPods 3, or price the current model at new lower prices and label them. new AirPods 3 at $ 159 / $ 199 depending on charging case.
The top-of-the-line third-generation AirPods are capped at the $ 249 Pro AirPods price due to the lack of noise cancellation in the new non-professional model. An informant from the Chinese social media platform Weibo, who goes by @PandaIsBald, also said he expects the new AirPods 3 to be unveiled on Monday. This tipster correctly predicted that Apple would introduce the 9th Gen iPad at last month’s California Streaming event and called it correctly.
If @PandaIsBald is correct (with Daniel Ives), Monday’s event will result in the first update to the standard AirPods lineup since the introduction of the second-gen model in March 2019. The OG model was introduced in 2016 and is remained the best shipping true wireless stereo headphones in the “hearable” market.
AirPods Pro free service program extended
Affected models experience cracking or static sounds that increase in noisy environments, during exercise, or while talking on the phone. At the same time, Active Noise Cancellation will not work as expected with loss of bass sounds or increased background noise (such as noise from the street or airplanes). Apple, or an authorized service provider, said it will repair the device free of charge for up to two years from the date of retail purchase of the device.
But Apple has announced that it is expanding the free repair program. Those who bought the AirPods Pro at launch in 2019 will now be covered until 2022. Those who bought the AirPods Pro in 2020 before the release of the revised model will be covered with free repair until 2023. Units brought in for repair will be reviewed to make sure they are eligible for the program and if they are, and the unit fails, it will be replaced.