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New AirPods Pro and iPhone SE Rumored to Launch in April 2021

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After sharing potential details about upcoming iPad mini, iPad, iPad Pro, and iPhone 13 models earlier this week, Japanese blog Mac Otakara now claims that Apple plans to release both second-generation AirPods Pro and a third-generation iPhone SE in April 2021, with the information once again coming from Chinese supplier sources.


The report claims that the new AirPods Pro will come with a slightly redesigned charging case. Specifically, the report claims the case will remain 21mm thick, but will have a height of 46mm and a width of 54mm. The current AirPods Pro charging case has a height of 45.2mm and a width of 60.6mm, so the new case will apparently be slightly narrower.

The report does not offer any further details about either the AirPods Pro or iPhone SE. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has previously reported that Apple is aiming to make the second-generation AirPods Pro more compact by eliminating the stem that sticks out from the bottom, but it's unclear if Apple will achieve this. Gurman said Apple had a design in testing with a more rounded shape that fills more of the ear, similar to Google's Pixel Buds.

As for the iPhone SE, most rumors have centered upon a larger Plus-sized variant of the device with a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch display, which analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said will launch in the second half of 2021. Given that Mac Otakara refers to the upcoming model as a "third-generation" iPhone SE, however, it is possible that Apple plans to stick with a 4.7-inch display like the second-generation iPhone SE — it's unclear.

Apple released the current AirPods Pro at the end of October 2019, while the second-generation iPhone SE launched in April 2020.

Article Link: New AirPods Pro and iPhone SE Rumored to Launch in April 2021
 
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I can't understand why the iPhone 12 mini didn't become the 'new' SE. It surely would've made more sense to sell a smaller phone as a budget product - especially in marketing terms.
I would have bought the mini if it had the same camera module as the Pro. Having the latest chipset in a smaller package is appealing to some
 
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I can't understand why the iPhone 12 mini didn't become the 'new' SE. It surely would've made more sense to sell a smaller phone as a budget product - especially in marketing terms.
Too many iPhone mini bigots in the world. People like their luggage phones. I wish we would see the new mini become popular but, I don't think that will happen. Who knows what will happen with a possible SE refresh.
 
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Is there any truth to the rumor that they're going to discontinue the "regular AirPods" form factor? I don't like the Pro-style earbuds that work like earplugs; I like the regular ones which just sit in the ear and don't go all the way in.

If they're going to be discontinued soon I may buy one last pair so I can keep using the design I like for a few more years at least, as my current pair has dying batteries.
 
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I can't understand why the iPhone 12 mini didn't become the 'new' SE. It surely would've made more sense to sell a smaller phone as a budget product - especially in marketing terms.
I couldn't disagree more. There are people, like me, who want a powerful phone with a smaller form factor.
This is very different from wanting a small-ish phone cuz it's cheap.
 
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Is there any truth to the rumor that they're going to discontinue the "regular AirPods" form factor? I don't like the Pro-style earbuds that work like earplugs; I like the regular ones which just sit in the ear and don't go all the way in.

If they're going to be discontinued soon I may buy one last pair so I can keep using the design I like for a few more years at least, as my current pair has dying batteries.
The regular pods always fell out of my ears. They were also uncomfortable. I won't miss them if they disappear.
 
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I can't understand why the iPhone 12 mini didn't become the 'new' SE. It surely would've made more sense to sell a smaller phone as a budget product - especially in marketing terms.
I was just thinking about this. The battery and screen are smaller, so it makes sense to me that it becomes the SE. "Small edition" since "Special" doesn't really apply.
 
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the new SE will come with a notch but power button fingerprint sensor 🙃 oh what is the point of the notch? SE maybe a smaller version of ipad air 4. Getting confusing now

did not expect the airpods pro refresh but considering the not-so-recall they announced last oct, a refresh was imminent.
 
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femike

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I would much prefer to get an updated 4.7in iPhone SE with home button and bezels, 4gb ram and current tech (cpu, bluetooth, wifi, staying with 4G is fine, LCD screen is fine) than the the iPhone 12 Mini.

So I hope Apple keeps making the iPhone SE 4.7in in the future.
 
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