Rumours suggest that AirPods 3 will launch with the iPhone 13 and the Apple Watch Series 7 this month. Here’s what you can expect from Apple’s next generation AirPods after a year of rumors.
Multiple leakers, reports and supply chain rumors suggest that the AirPods 3 will be a lot like AirPods Pro, but without the eartips. Bloomberg says the wireless earbuds will feature a short stern.
This new design could be a solution for those with problems with the AirPods original design falling out of their ears.
Mark Gurman, who sent out his Power On newsletter at the end of August, stated that the next entry-level AirPods will feature a “design closer to the AirPods Pro including a new in ear shape and shorter stems.” This will be the “most significant update” to this part of Apple’s AirPods lineup since 2016.
They will look similar to the AirPods Pro but they won’t offer premium features such as Active Noise Cancellation or Transparency Mode. These new earbuds will be different in design, with connectivity and performance improvements but few new features.
Apple will likely promote Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio a lot with the next generation, so people can better hear the differences between the old and the new AirPods.
Users are looking forward to battery improvements and better microphones. With AirPods Pro beta firmware, Apple is testing a new Conversation Boost feature, which could also land in these new earbuds.
Price and launch date
AirPods 3 were supposed to be revealed sometime in spring 2021. However, that didn’t happen. Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst who is reliable, said that the launch would take place in Q3. DigiTimes reported last month that the new earbuds will be launched alongside iPhone 13 in September.
In the story, the DigiTimes said that flexible circuit board shipments have kicked off for the AirPods models. With reliable sources saying that the new AirPods have a ‘good chance’ of debuting at Apple September event, alongside new iPhone 13.
Gurman does not give a specific month in his Power On newsletter. He only says that it will launch in the fall.
Apple expects to price the AirPods 3 in the $150-$200 area. Apple is yet to decide whether it will offer two versions of the AirPods 3, one with a wireless charger case and one without.
AirPods 3 is likely to get its first redesign since the unveiling of iPhone 7. These wireless earbuds are a big hit! Which feature do you most look forward to? Please leave a comment below.