Rumor: ‘AirPods Pro Lite’ to arrive in first half of 2021 and cost $200

The next generation (the third) of Apple’s AirPods will adopt the design of the AirPods Pro (pictured) but without the noise-canceling and transparency features of the Pro model, TheElec reports. The article adds they’ll be dubbed “AirPods Pro Lite,” cost around US$200 and a launch in the first half of 2021.

TheElec says Apple initially planned to launch a Lite version right after the AirPods Pro were launched in October of 2019. However those plans were purportedly canned as the Pros were selling better than expected.

The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks this report may be correct. On the other hand, the AirPods and AirPods are selling like gangbusters, and the pricey AirPod Max seems to be doing well, so is there really a need for AirPods Pro Lite?