A new supply chain report from Macotakara this weekend says that Apple has new AirPods Pro and a new iPhone SE in the works for a release in April 2021. The report says that the new AirPods Pro will feature a redesigned charging case, but details on the iPhone SE are unclear.
AirPods Pro 2
The repot cites Chinese supply chain sources and says that the second-generation AirPods Pro will feature a â€œnew design for the charging case.â€� The will reportedly remain 21mm thick, while it will be 46mm tall and 54mm wide. For comparisonâ€™s sake, the current AirPods Pro charging case measures in at 45.2mm tall and 60.6mm wide, so this would mean the second-generation case would indeed be different, but not drastically so.
There are no other details about what to expect with the second-generation AirPods Pro in this report. Previously, Bloomberg reported that the second-gen AirPods Pro would feature a â€œmore compactâ€� design that removes the stem that current sticks out from the bottom of the AirPods Pro. â€œA design in testing has a more rounded shape that fills more of a userâ€™s a ear,â€� the report explained, likening the design to offerings from Samsung and Amazon.
For those unfamiliar, the Amazon Echo buds feature a stem-less design that is completely round and rests inside the userâ€™s ear.
The Bloomberg report cautioned, however, that such design changes are not guaranteed because itâ€™s challenging to pack the AirPods Pro internals into a more compact design. If the Macotakara report is to be believed, AirPods Pro 2 could be released as soon as April.
iPhone SE 3
Furthermore, todayâ€™s Macotakara report says that Apple will also release a new third-generation iPhone SE in April. The report provides no details on what to expect from the iPhone SE 3, but a release in April would come exactly one year after the 4.7-inch iPhone SE was released in 2020.
Rumors have suggested that Apple is working on a larger version of the iPhone SE, likely with a 5.5-inch display and a design similar to the iPhone 8 Plus. Whether or not this is what todayâ€™s report is referring to remains to be seen.
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