José Adorno, 9to5Mac
10th August 2021 – AirPods 3 are rumoured to launch alongside the new iPhone 13 as well as the Apple Watch Series 7 next month. After a year full of rumours, here’s what to expect from Apple’s next-generation AirPods.
As multiple leakers, reports, and supply chain rumors have suggested, AirPods 3 will look a lot like the AirPods Pro but without the ear tips. Bloomberg says the wireless earbuds will feature a short stern.
In the search of a “universal fit,” this new look could help those who have problems with the original AirPods design falling off of their ears.
Although they will resemble the AirPods Pro, AirPods 3 won’t have some premium features like Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode. This means these new earbuds will have a different design with some performance and connectivity improvements as well, but with few new features.
Apple will likely promote a lot of Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio with this next generation so people can hear better the difference between the new version from the older AirPods.
Battery improvements, as well as better microphones, are also key features users are expecting. With AirPods Pro beta firmware, Apple is testing a new Conversation Boost feature, which could also land in these new earbuds.
Launch date and price
AirPods 3 were expected to be unveiled sometime in the spring of 2021, which didn’t happen. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the launch will occur in Q3. Last month, DigiTimes reported that these new earbuds are likely to launch alongside iPhone 13 in September.
In the story, DigiTimes said that flexible circuit board shipments have kicked off for the next-generation AirPods models, with sources saying that the new AirPods have a ‘good chance’ of debuting at Apple’s September event, alongside the new iPhones.
As for AirPods 3 price, Apple is expected to set them in the $150-$200 range. It’s still unsure whether Apple will sell two different versions, one with a wireless charging case and the other with just a regular case, or just one with a wireless charging case.
AirPods 3 will probably receive its first redesign since it was unveiled alongside iPhone 7. Are you excited about these wireless earbuds? What feature are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comment section below.