Cheaper AirPods are rumoured to be on the way

AirPods were never among the cheapest wireless earbuds out there, but Apple may have a cheaper model up its sleeve. According to analyst Jeff Pu of Haitong Intl Tech Research (via 9to5Mac (opens in new tab)), Apple is working on a pair of “AirPods Lite” for more affordable models like the Sony WF-C500, Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus, and Earfun Air.

In addition to the AirPods Max over-ear model, Apple currently sells the older second-generation AirPods, in addition to the third-generation AirPods launched in 2022 and the second-generation AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods cost around £129 / $99 (around AU$230), which would likely undercut any cheaper model.

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