Apple AirPods Pro ‘Lite’ without active noise cancellation from 2021: report

Apple AirPods Pro ‘Lite’ could launch globally in early 2021, according to a new report. The ‘Lite’ version has the same form factor as the AirPods Pro, but comes with no active noise cancellation, which allows for a cheaper price that could be much lower than the ANC-enabled AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro ‘Lite’ could look and feel similar to the expensive AirPods Pro, with a proper in-ear fit as opposed to the regular AirPods, shorter stems, and earphone controls with haptic feedback.

A report from Korean publication The Elec said that Apple originally planned to launch the ‘Lite’ version itself in 2020, but sales of the AirPods Pro were better than expected, the company had put those plans on hold . The ‘Lite’ version is suitable for those looking for a proper in-ear fit that is much more secure and noise isolating than the regular AirPods. According to a source cited in the report, there won’t be active noise cancellation, which can cut the price by up to 20 percent.

The Apple AirPods Pro was launched in late 2019 and costs Rs. 24,900 in India. The true wireless earbuds have a wireless charging case and active noise cancellation, as well as proper noise isolation and very good sound quality. The ‘Lite’ version could offer virtually all of these advantages with the exception of ANC. The AirPods Pro ‘Lite’ could be a bit more expensive than the regular AirPods, but still considerably cheaper than the AirPods Pro.

The report is based on information from The Elec that a local supplier in the country has been commissioned to develop a system-in-package for the new headphones based on Apple’s H1 chip. However, this could be a slightly simplified version of the chip found on the AirPods Pro as well as the recently launched AirPods Max headphones with over-ear noise cancellation at a cost of Rs. 59,900 in India.

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