Apple originally planned to unveil the new AirPods in May 2020.
The plan for the launch of the new AirPods has been delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
There is no official statement or timeline for the launch of the new AirPods.
If information circulating the internet is to be believed, then Apple is looking to launch new AirPods with the same design as the AirPods Pro but without the noise-cancelling feature. This is, of course, to keep the price of the AirPods lower than the variant with noise cancellation. There is no official information about the new AirPods from Apple. This information comes from DigiTimes. According to the report, Apple originally planned to unveil the new AirPods in May but due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, has delayed the launch to the second half of 2020 or even 2021.
The Digitimes report reads, “Apple may have to defer the launch of its new AirPods Pro to the second half of 2020 or even 2021, according to sources at related suppliers. Apple originally planned to unveil the new AirPods Pro in May 2020, but the schedule may be pushed back, as Apple has been unable to send staff to the production lines in Asia to inspect the status of the TWS earbuds due to the coronavirus outbreak, the sources noted. But Apple so far has not yet made any adjustments to the earbuds' release schedule, the sources said.”
It's not like Apple hasn't launched new products during the period of the pandemic. We saw the launch of the new iPad Pro and the new iPad Pro stand. We have also seen the announcement of the iPhone SE. None of these announcements came via the standard Apple event. When we see the new AirPods launch and at what price, is only something we will know when Apple officially makes the announcement.
A lot of brands have pushed their launches or cancelled events outright due to the COVID-19 crisis. Microsoft has said that all its events for the coming year will be digital and Sony took to an online GDC like briefing to unveil details of the PS5 and a blog post to show off the new DualSense controller. We also saw an online event unveiling of the OnePlus 8.
In India, we have seen the launch of products like the Realme Narzo delayed due to the lockdown. Even products like the Kodak Android TVs were launched via an online-only event before the lockdown in India began.