Apple’s next version of AirPods should offer noise cancellation features, and the new iOS 13.2 beta offers a quick overview of its appearance. As 9to5Mac discovered, the beta version contains a glyph image of the next AirPods. It’s just a gray and white 2D icon, but even that is enough to show that design changes are underway.
AirPods with noise cancellation seem to have traditional ear tips that extend white stems for a better fit to your ears. This is a change with respect to the first two models, which rest in your ears and allow a lot of ambient noise.
If Apple wants to offer noise suppression, it will have to approach a design that creates a tight seal in the ear and reduces the volume of sounds around it. More and more companies are integrating noise suppression and attenuation into their wireless headphones to distinguish them from the first waves of this product category. The Sony 1000XM3 headphones have digital control and Amazon borrowed Bose technology to integrate noise reduction into future Echo headphones. Huawei says its latest FreeBuds manage to suppress noise with an open design.
9to5Mac indicates that iOS 13.2 contains references to a “focus mode”, which can be enabled or disabled. This may be the name that Apple has given its noise cancellation function.
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman said on Twitter that the glyph looked like an alleged AirPods leak a few months ago. The material seems to be aligning (with a hole where the tips of the ears would go), but who knows.
Apple could present the next generation AirPod at an event later this month, where it could also present a new 16-inch MacBook, a new iPad Pro and a personal effects tracking device.
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