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Apple reportedly developing new affordable AirPods

The cheapest version of the classic wireless headphones is currently priced at £139 


Apple is reportedly developing a new affordable version of its popular AirPods.

Since the launch of AirPods in 2016, Apple has rolled out four different versions of the wireless headphones that range in price from £139 to £549. According to tech analyst Jeff Pu, Apple may now be working on a cheaper alternative, as reported by 9to5Mac.

Pu doesn’t share any intel on what to expect in terms of features or prices, but the headphones will presumably cost less than £139. He describes the "AirPods Lite" as a “lower priced product” to rival other affordable earbud manufacturers.

Basing his claims on industry sources, Pu alleges that there will less AirPods shipped out this year and part of the reason is the decreased demand for the AirPods 3 (the most recent update of the classic AirPods).

Last September, Apple unveiled the new second-generation noise-cancelling AirPods Pro, which are powered by Apple's new H2 chip and come with various updates including an extended battery life of up to 1.5 hours, personalised spatial audio, and touch controls. They're priced at £249.

Find out more about AirPods on the Apple site here.

2022 was a momentous year for Apple, who announced their decision to officially discontinue the iPod after more than 20 years on the market. The tech giant also revealed its new super-powerful computer aimed at creative professionals