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Apple gearing up for fall launch of new two new AirPods models

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Apple's next AirPods launch is set to be its biggest yet, with a report claiming that up to 25 million units will be entering mass production in the summer for a fall release.

Apple has been rumored to be bringing out various updates to its AirPods range, including the possibility of two fourth-generation models. Now, it is said that the supply chain is getting into gear for what could be Apple's biggest AirPods launch ever.

Writing in the "Power On" newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman writes that Apple is preparing to manufacture between 20 million and 25 million units. This is apparently higher than the launch plans of earlier models.

The production pipeline will officially start manufacturing in May, via partners GoerTek and Luxshare Precision, with a view to a release in September or October.

The two models are codenamed B768(E) and B768(M), referring to "entry" and "mid-tier" editions. Gurman adds that the two will have elements such as a new design with an improved fit, as well as USB-C charging cases, but only the M model will get Active Noise Cancellation and Find My speakers in the case itself.

The new AirPods are only some of the changes intended for the product line in 2024. Expected updates as part of iOS 18 include a hearing aid mode feature destined for the AirPods Pro, while AirPods may gain a hearing test function.

An update to AirPods Pro is also anticipated, but Gurman believes it may not occur until 2025.