Apple's 3rd generation AirPods

These could be getting a cheaper update.
James Martin/CNET

A tech analyst predicted cheaper AirPods and a new generation of AirPods Max could ship as early as late 2024 or early 2025. Apple is aiming for a price of $99 for its budget earbuds, Ming-Chi Kuo said on Twitter Wednesday.

That price would beat Apple’s suggested price for its most affordable AirPods (2nd generation) by $30. The 2nd generation AirPods have regularly retailed for $99 from other sellers, like Amazon, in recent months. The current generation of AirPod Max headphones have a suggested retail price of $549.

Apple sells its 3rd generation AirPods for $169 and its 2nd generation AirPods Pro for $249. 

Apple did not respond to request for comment.

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