Apple AirPods 3: Everything We Know So Far (Rumour and leaks)

To maintain this state of affairs, Apple is preparing to release the next model in the series, dubbed the Apple AirPods 3. 

According to recent leaks that got through people familiar with Apple’s plans, behind the walls in Cupertino they are preparing new AirPods 3 wireless headphones for the presentation at WWDC 2021

The headphones are expected to be unveiled in September and a leak revealed their design ahead of launch. 

As you can see in the renders presented, the appearance of the AirPods 3 resembles the design of the AirPods Pro. It is noticeable that the AirPods 3 will have a shorter cylindrical shaft. 

Replacement earplugs will be supplied with the kit. There is a possibility that the third generation AirPods will finally receive support for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

In this case, Apple will have to offer something new for the next generation AirPods Pro to justify the “Pro” designation and higher price tag.

The new functionality in AirPods 3 will have the following characteristics:

  • Improved batteries
  • Motion sensors for tracking with Apple Fitness Plus integration
  • Noise reduction
  • Less weight
  • Shortened legs

As for the AirPods Pro, Bloomberg sources say we can expect even shorter rods at the bottom of the earbuds – like the rumored Beats Studio Buds rumored to be announced at WWDC 2021 – and the integration of fitness tracking features.

Sources say we can expect the AirPods to be announced before the end of 2021 and the AirPods Pro to arrive in 2022, although the source did not provide an exact release date or potential price for any of the new true wireless earbuds. 

AirPods 3 Expectations

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Leaked ‘AirPods 3’ image from 52Audio

The first AirPods received a minor update in 2019. AirPods 2 can handle “Hey Siri,” and the charging case can be charged.

The big improvements have only come with the AirPods Pro, where, for example, the sound quality has improved. 

Rumor has it that the new AirPods will look more like Pro headphones. These are our expectations for AirPods 3.

New design like AirPods Pro 2

AirPods Pro 2
AirPods Pro 2
AirPods Pro 2
AirPods Pro 2

According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, AirPods 3 will have a completely different design than its predecessors. 

The earbuds will match the design of the AirPods Pro. 

That means shorter rods protruding from your ears and a different fit than we’re used to from regular AirPods. 

The charging case will also receive a new look to support this new design.

According to Kuo, the AirPods 3 will receive the same “System in Package” technology, which will make it more compact.

But, according to Kuo, the AirPods 3 still have a distinctive “leg” that allows them to be from the ears.

Many renders and photos have already been leak showing the new earplug design. 

This gives almost certainty that the new AirPods will be very different from their predecessors.

Spatial sound support

While regular AirPods won’t get noise reduction like the AirPods Pro, they will come with Spatial Audio.

‘Spatial Audio is a feature designed to enable surround sound’

Apple audio technology creates the impression that sound is playing around you. 

Videos and apps that support it can simulate sound so that the sound is far, close, or coming from a specific direction.

Improved IP67 water resistance

AirPods are good headphones in which it is convenient to be involved in sports. 

The problem is, they’re not as waterproof as some of the competing sports headphones. 

It is difficult, for example, when you sweat a lot.

Apple will improve the water resistance to make the earbuds more water and sweat-resistant. 

It is also useful for people who go for a run in the rain, for example.

The AirPods Pro are now sweat and water-resistant, which is what we can see in the AirPods 3, especially now that they are taking over design. 

By the way, don’t hope you can jump into the pool with Apple earplugs. 

Unfortunately, the water resistance is not that good.

Improved fit thanks to silicone earplugs

Another feature that AirPods 3 borrows from AirPods Pro is silicone earplugs. To improve the fit, regular AirPods will also come with different capsizes. 

Depending on the shape of the auricle, you can choose the one that suits you.

You can choose the matching earplugs with the fitting feature that AirPods Pro introduced. 

Your iPhone plays audio, and you can check for now how well they fit your ears. This is how this built-in fit test works and this news we find from yahoo

Built-in health sensors

Tech companies are becoming more health-conscious, including Apple (like Apple Watch 6). 

Several patents show that the Cupertino-based company plans to integrate several health sensors into the headphones.

For example, the auricle is a great place to measure your heart rate. This information can then be transfer to your iPhone. 

The health sensors in AirPods are especially helpful for people who don’t have an Apple Watch because Apple watches already have some sensors, such as a heart rate check.

We haven’t heard of this feature for a long time, so we’re curious to know if it will actually be part of the AirPods 3.

How much will the new AirPods 3 cost?

Apple AirPods 3

According to the latest rumors, Apple will keep roughly the same price – around $150. 

When converted, this would mean that they will appear in the Netherlands for 170 euros.

That would make them a little cheaper than the second-generation AirPods, which now still cost $ 159 without the wireless charging case. Yet, these are rumors, so it is difficult to gauge how accurate they are.

When will AirPods Pro 3?

When will AirPods 3 come out, you ask? The company was supposed to unveil the new AirPods at Apple’s first event in 2021, but that didn’t happen. 

Now, it seems like the new AirPods are not presented at an Apple event, but in a press release. In theory, this could happen at any time, but rumors point to September

Jamex Afolabi

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