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Apple’s AirPods have been a bit quiet lately, but it looks like 2024 is shaping up to be a big year for the wireless earbuds. Here’s what we’re expecting:

Cheaper AirPods

Analyst Jeff Pu says Apple is planning to release a more affordable pair of AirPods later this year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also reported this, so it seems like a pretty safe bet.

Fourth-Generation AirPods

Gurman says Apple is working on two new models of AirPods 4, one entry-level and one “mid-tier.” Both models are expected to have better sound, a redesigned fit, and a USB-C charging case. The mid-tier version might also get active noise cancellation.

New AirPods Max

We might also see a new version of the AirPods Max over-ear headphones by the end of the year. Gurman says it’s likely to get a USB-C port and new colors, but not much else.

Time for a Shakeup

Apple’s current AirPods lineup is starting to feel a bit stale. The AirPods 2 and AirPods 3 are both getting a bit old, and the AirPods Max are still pretty expensive. We’re hoping that the new models will bring some fresh features and lower prices.

Beats Fit Pro: A Hidden Gem

While we wait for the new AirPods, it’s worth considering the Beats Fit Pro. These earbuds are made by Apple and offer many of the same features as the AirPods, but they’re often cheaper.