The new rumor comes from Apple YouTuber Luke Miani who shared the alleged exclusive news with the AppleTrack website. According to YouTuber, Apple plans to release the next-generation “AirPods” via a newsroom update and website refresh.
Miani, who we contacted, said new “AirPods” could be announced on May 18 via a press release that could also include the debut of “Apple Music HiFi”.
In 2019, Apple released the all-new AirPods Pro via a press release on its website, so while that sounds plausible, the information should be taken with a grain of salt. The new “AirPods” are expected to feature an updated design more in line with the design of the “AirPods Pro” but lack “Pro” features such as active noise cancellation.
The new AirPods will be the first major update to the standard AirPods after a slight refresh in 2019 that included wireless charging, Hey Siri support, and improved battery life. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the new AirPods will be fully mass-produced in the third quarter of this year.
Alongside the new third-generation “AirPods”, Apple plans to announce a whole new level of HiFi or high fidelity “Apple Music”, according to the new rumor. A report earlier this month said Apple plans to start offering Apple Music subscribers higher quality streaming with a new subscription level in the “coming weeks.”
According to this report, the tier will cost the same price of $ 9.99 as the current Apple Music individual package. Nonetheless, details of how Apple plans to include HiFi music streaming in its existing levels remain unknown. The code for the first beta of the upcoming iOS 14.6 update found by MacRumors suggests that Apple Music HiFi streaming may be limited to only compatible hardware.
While HiFi report source Apple Music pinned the launch of the new level and AirPods as only a few weeks away, it may have been referring to a WWDC launch. Apple will host its annual Global Developer Conference starting June 7, where it is expected to announce new updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. While WWDC is all about software, hardware announcements at the event are certainly possible.