iOS 13.2 Beta Includes Icon Depicting New AirPods Design

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Apple has been rumored to be working on a third generation of AirPods with active noise control (ANC), also known as noise cancellation, or active noise reduction (ANR). Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested the updated AirPods could launch late this year or early next year with an "all-new design."


Today's iOS 13.2 beta release includes an icon showing redesigned AirPods that appear to have rubber ear tips that would likely be needed as part of a noise cancelation feature.


The file name includes reference to a B298 code name, and the image is contained in the Accessibility Settings folder. This could suggest these new AirPods will contain a new accessibility feature such as being able to use them as hearing aids, or it could be related to existing Live Listen capabilities.

There's no specific word on when the new AirPods could debut, but Apple has a number of rumored pending announcements that could point toward an October media event.

Update 11:55 AM: As noted by a MacRumors reader, a claimed photo leak last month from 52 Audio bears a strong resemblance to the image found in iOS 13.2, suggesting the leak may be accurate.




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jsmith189

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No no no no no no no. Literally the best thing about Apple headphones to me are that they don’t require you to suction them into your brain. I just can’t use them. Truly hope this isn’t a “new design” and instead just an option.
 

MadDog31

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No no no no no no no. Literally the best thing about Apple headphones to me are that they don’t require you to suction them into your brain. I just can’t use them. Truly hope this isn’t a “new design” and instead just an option.
Agreed. I love the simplicity of the current AirPods. I don't need noise canceling that badly. Plus, and this is my own problem, but I tend to...uh, produce more wax than the average person...so that would certainly require more maintenance on that front and I'm already a freak about it. Keep it simple, Apple, and let the noise cancelers get the Beats.
 

miniyou64

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Yes Apple. Please redesign every single one of your flagship products wih issues that completely prevent people from being able to use them.
 

fmcshan

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I love my AirPods but the 2nd gen only contained minor improvements of the 1st gen model. I also don't like how my AirPods fall out when I'm doing any sort of physical activity. Excited to see what Apple has in store for us!
 
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acgmph

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I guess YMMV, but I prefer this new design. I am waiting for the October event to decide if I wait for an Apple product or get the new Sony WF-1000XM3 (such a terrible name...). I am not a fan of the current AirPod design.
 

mgollaher92

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mother ... just bought my AirPods 2 less than 24 hours ago because the rumor mill has been fairly dry lately.
 
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Pipper99

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No no no no no no no. Literally the best thing about Apple headphones to me are that they don’t require you to suction them into your brain. I just can’t use them. Truly hope this isn’t a “new design” and instead just an option.
I know, right? I love the airpods because they don't have to be stuffed into the ear canal.