An icon buried in the next abundance of iOS 13 suggests we might be accepting a abolitionist new bearing of AirPods. If the info is correct, they’ll have a new design and some new appearance to go along with them.

Guilherme Rambo of apparent a glyph in the iOS 13.2 beta that looks uncannily like a pair of earbuds — and the small tail is very appropriate of AirPods. Rambo found the icon “in a basic of the system accompanying to accessibility settings” and are allegedly codenamed B298.


Assuming this is what Rambo assumes it to be (and I’m not sure what else it could be), then it would be mean the next abundance of Airpods would look quite a bit altered from what we’re used to. For starters, they appear to have a tips that fit into the ear canal, which Airpods have never before had. They also look hardly thinner than the accepted generation.

But it’s not just shape that’ll allegedly change. Rambo also says that clues point to the AirPods 3 having a noise-cancelling affection allegedly called “focus mode.” This dovetails with antecedent rumors: ‘s Mark Gurman appear last year that Apple was alive on new AirPods with noise-cancellation. They’ll also allegedly be water-resistant. The latter affection was corroborated by a note from analyst Daniel Ives appear by Philip Elmer-Dewitt.

The noise-cancellation affection would explain why the accepted shape of the AirPods is being redesigned. AirPods as they are currently don’t really seal into ear well enough to make noise-cancelling work.

As yet, we have no idea when we’ll be seeing the next bearing of AirPods. An AirPods 3 ancestor was allegedly leaked last month, but we have no way of acknowledging if it’s annihilation like what we’ll be getting. The ever-reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts two new AirPod models will go into mass assembly amid Q4 2019 and Q1 2020. The report from Elmer-DeWitt suggests they’ll be accessible by this year’s anniversary season, but it’s already October and we’ve heard annihilation official yet about new AirPods.

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