Apple could also be able to launch a brand new pair of AirPods in March. New leaks recommend the third-generation of Apple’s common AirPods will share some options with the $249 AirPods Professional, like spatial audio help. They could even have a shorter stem, interchangeable suggestions and a smaller charging case than the AirPods Professional. This is all the pieces it’s worthwhile to know in regards to the upcoming AirPods 3.
AirPods 3 could look extra just like the AirPods Professional
To date we have had two generations of standard AirPods, the wi-fi earbuds with the lengthy stem that sticks down out of your ear. However a brand new leak from 52audio claims to point out the third-generation earbuds with a shorter stem, so general the design seems extra just like the AirPods Professional.
The leaked picture claiming to be AirPods 3.
The AirPods 3 may additionally borrow the interchangeable ear tip design from the AirPods Professional to offer a extra comfortable match within the ear than the present AirPods, which merely relaxation in your ear. Some wearers discovered the common AirPods would fall out simply whereas transferring round or working, so suggestions might help present a safer match. Whereas the AirPods Professional have clickable stems, the AirPods 3 could have contact surfaces for interacting with the earbuds.
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An earlier report from Bloomberg also said that the AirPods 3 may share a similar design to the AirPods Pro, adding that the entry-level AirPods would miss out on active noise cancelation. So far, it’s unclear whether the AirPods 3 would have transparency mode, a way to pipe in external sounds to make you more aware of your surroundings.
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Will AirPods 3 also come with spatial audio support?
That’s the rumor. First introduced with the release of iOS 14 on the AirPods Pro and later the AirPods Max headphones, spatial audio uses accelerometers and gyroscopes to give a virtual surround sound effect when watching supported movies and TV shows on an iPhone or iPad.
The 52audio report suggests battery life would stay the same as the current second-generation AirPods, lasting around 5 hours in total. The case would hold additional charge, just like it does now. In the leaked images, the case looks like it splits the difference between the more square AirPods and rectangular AirPods Pro cases.
The original AirPods design.
As for the sound quality there’s no clear detail yet on what to expect, although it’s likely that there would be improvements in fidelity over the regular AirPods. TF International Securities research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a strong track record in Apple rumors over the years, released a note in July 2020 claiming that the AirPods 3 would feature a similar system-in-package to the AirPods Pro, which means it’s likely audio quality would be comparable.
It’s also safe to assume that other AirPods and AirPods Pro features like quick switching will also come to AirPods 3.
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When will AirPods 3 be released?
Apple hasn’t announced any launch event or dates for the AirPods yet. But many speculate that the third-generation AirPods could be released in March, which is a typical release month for Apple. The AirPods Pro and AirPods Max were both announced in a press release, so it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if Apple did the same with the AirPods 3.
It makes sense for AirPods 3 to debut at the same $159 price as the current AirPods. But it’s unclear if there will be a $199 wireless charging case version as well, or if that case would be the standard option.