Apple’s next-gen AirPods and Samsung’s AR concept glasses leaked

By M. Smith

It seems like it was a weekend of leaks. Pick your company: Samsung’s concept for AR glasses, replete with some far-too-chunky frames, or maybe the next generation of Apple’s AirPods, the in-ear kind.

These are two very different kinds of leaks. Samsung’s appears to be the sort of conceptual video tease that may, or may not, result in a device. Previous teases resulted in hardware that looked pretty different to the heady dream from years earlier. The company’s foldable phones are a great example.

With Apple, a photo of what might be its next iteration of AirPods are reassuring middling — and highly likely to happen. They appear to be wireless buds that would fit between the original AirPods and the pricier (more capable) AirPods Pro. The hardware looks like the Pro iteration, with a wider case and redesigned stems. But will these headphones pack active noise cancellation?

Bloomberg report previously said the third-gen model wouldn’t support ANC, like the Pro, while this more recent leak from 52Audio suggests ANC features are “highly probable” as the hardware inside looks pretty similar to the Pro model.

— Mat Smith