Here’s when you can expect Apple's AirPods 4 release

As per Mark Gurman, higher-end variant of AirPods 4 will offer noise cancellation, while lower-end model will not
An undated image of AirPods Pro. — Apple
An undated image of AirPods Pro. — Apple

Since Apple AirPods series has not seen the addition of any iteration for over a year, a spate of rumours suggest that the Cuperino-based tech giant is in the concluding stage of the development of AirPods 4. 

The gadget seems to be a big hit once out in the open, with this year expected to witness a potential, full-fledged release and hand the least recognised AirPods lineup some reputataion. 

The iPhone maker currently has five different variants in the AirPods lineup. 

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Apple's existing AirPods lineup

  • AirPods (2nd generation) – $129
  • AirPods (3rd generation) – $169 (with Lightning Charging Case) or $179 (with MagSafe Charging Case)
  • AirPods Pro (2nd generation) – $249
  • AirPods Max – $549

AirPods 4 releasing soon this year

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has extensively reported on Apple’s plans to launch AirPods (4th generation) in 2024. Gurman states that Apple will phase out AirPods 2 and AirPods 3 this year, and introduce two distinct variants of AirPods 4.

AirPods 4 design 

The AirPods 4 models are said to have a design that is a combination of AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro, with a little shorter stems. Neither of the AirPods 4 versions will have interchangeable tips like AirPods Pro, but they will feature a better fit. 

AirPods 4 features 

As per 9to5Mac, Apple intends to differentiate the two AirPods 4 models in several ways, speaking of the features. The higher-end AirPods 4 will offer noise cancellation, while the lower-end model will not. 

Both versions of AirPods 4 will come with a new charging case that uses USB-C for charging. The charging case included with the higher-end AirPods 4 will also have built-in speakers for improved Find My integration. The report states that the new AirPods 4 models are expected to be released later in 2024. Typically, Apple has launched new AirPods around the same time as new iPhones in September. 

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also mentioned that Apple is developing a budget-friendly version of AirPods that will be launched in 2024. Kuo has suggested that the so-called "AirPods Lite" could be priced at $99. Analyst Jeff Pu has also indicated that AirPods Lite are in development. 

It is unclear whether Kuo and Pu are referring to the same lower-end version of AirPods 4, or if it is an entirely different product.