Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on a 2nd gen. version of its hit-popular wireless earbuds, AirPods Pro that will feature a smaller design, but engineering all of its main features into the smaller design is proving to be a challenge for Apple, per the report:
For the new AirPods Pro, Apple is aiming to make the earbuds more compact by eliminating the short stem that currently sticks out from the bottom. A design in testing has a more rounded shape that fills more of a user’s a ear — similar to the latest designs from Samsung Electronics Co., Amazon.com Inc. and Google.
Integrating noise-cancellation, wireless antennas and microphones into a smaller AirPods Pro casing has proved challenging during development, which could result in a less ambitious design when the product is finalized, the people said. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
Alongside the update to the AirPods Pro, Apple is planning to update its base-line AirPods lineup with 3rd gen. AirPods that will take inspiration from the AirPods Pro. The updated design will be smaller by shortening the stem, gaining replaceable ear tips, and extended battery life, according to the report.
In line with reporting from leaker Jon Prosser, Bloomberg also reports that while Apple still plans to announce its high-end headphones being dubbed “AirPods Studio,” it has faced multiple issues in the final run-up. In specific Bloomberg cites issues with the headband of the headphones, stating the final version may not feature replaceable headbands.
The headphones were due to go into production weeks ago, but that was pushed back due to problems with the headband, a person familiar with the matter said. That part was deemed too tight in some testing.
The company initially wanted to include large touch pads on the sides of the headphones, but reduced the size of those panels. Apple has also scaled back some of the interchangeable functionality of the headphones that were a hallmark of the initial concept. The latest version of the product is likely to lack a replaceable headband, but could still include interchangeable ear pads.
This month Apple updated its HomePod lineup with the HomePod mini, according to Bloomberg Apple may be eyeing to update the original HomePod as well. Bloomberg is vague around the possibility however saying that Apple has “weighed” a potential launch, but could simply reduce the price of its current base HomePod.