iOS 11 Grand Master Reveals ‘New’ AirPods with Minimal Changes

iOS 11 Reveals New AirPods with Minimal Changes
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Over the weekend, the iOS 11 grand master (GM) unleashed a wealth of information about Apple’s upcoming devices, including some of the company’s new accessories.

One of those accessories happens to be the next-generation version of Apple’s wireless earbuds. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith dug into the iOS 11 GM and uncovered a render of what appears to be an updated version of AirPods, which you can see below. Troughton-Smith shared the render alongside other findings via Twitter on Saturday.

The render reveals something key about AirPods 2.0 — they haven’t changed much. Both the earbuds and the clamshell charging case remain a stark white color, and there are few if any design differences aside from one. Namely, the LED “status light” charging indicator has apparently been moved from inside of the charging case to the outer front.

Troughton-Smith also shared an animated render of the new AirPods, presumably sourced from the iOS 11 GM, too. The animation shows off the clamshell opening design of the charging case and the new placement of its LED indicator. Interestingly, the status light is blinking white — which Apple’s website says is an indication that the earbuds are ready to be paired. That could suggest that some of the existing LED signals will remain the same on the new AirPods.

[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]

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