Apple's new AirPods Pro to lose most iconic design feature

AirPods Pro
Apple's current AirPods Pro (Image credit: Apple)

When first revealed in 2016, the design of Apple's original AirPods was widely mocked online, mainly thanks to the wireless earbuds' large stems. Fast-forward four years, and Apple has clearly had the last laugh – with AirPods having achieved ubiquity on the streets. 

But if new leaks are to be believed, the next iteration of AirPods Pro could see the iconic (and once controversial) stem eliminated once and for all in favour of a more rounded, ear-fitting design. Could they end up replacing the original AirPods in our best wireless headphones roundup?

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.