The new generation of AirPods Pro, with a USB-C connector and the ability to conduct hearing tests for users, is expected to deliver this fall. Key suppliers including audio component manufacturers Merry and electronics manufacturer Foxconn are actively involved in this development. Merry, known for its advancements in hearing aids, recently announced its active development of assistive hearing products. The company’s first over-the-counter (OTC) case approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will enter mass production next year. To meet Apple’s assembly requirements, Foxconn has been requested to assemble AirPods and other related products in Vietnam and India. In April, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Foxconn’s subsidiary, announced a RMB 163 million ($23 million) investment in the purchase of 186.7 acres (755,500 square meters) of land in Telangana, India, to construct factories, research and development centers, and dormitories aimed at strengthening its business in the electric vehicle, acoustics, and 5G IoT sectors. [Economic Daily News, in Chinese]