Apple never ditches a product if it sees it in demand. Therefore, it is clear that the company is working on a third-generation version of AirPods rumored to be unveiled in 2021. Headphones AirPods 3 will receive an updated design for the first time since 2016, but at the same time, they will remain more affordable than AirPods Pro (and even more so – AirPods Max). We can already imagine what the new AirPods will look like and what Apple will make them the main feature.
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AirPods 3 externally will be difficult to distinguish from AirPods Pro.
AirPods 3: Design
Third-generation AirPods may look similar to AirPods Pro, with a shorter stem and replaceable silicone tips that fit better for most people and provide better passive sound isolation than the current generation of AirPods. Many of my friends cannot use regular AirPods for a long time. They rub the auricle and experience discomfort.
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AirPods Pro, on the other hand, is as comfortable as possible, and you can choose ear pads for them according to your size. Or even buy third-party nozzles somewhere on Ali and change them at least every month.
Leak allegedly showing AirPods 3
AirPods 3: Features
While AirPods 3 will likely look like AirPods Pro, it’s unlikely that Apple will add advanced features like active noise cancellation or transparency mode. Instead, the headphones will be identical to the current generation AirPods by a set of functions. So Apple will differentiate between “regular” AirPods, with a more affordable price, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
Apple won’t add active noise canceling to AirPods 3
There is no reason to hope for the appearance of a Type-C connector in the charging case either. If Apple had considered using it, it would have made it into AirPods Max. AirPods won’t get USB Type-C until the iPhone itself gets it. And this may not happen very soon.
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Rumored to show a system on a chip AirPods Pro and AirPods 3
Simultaneously, the old chips will remain – fast device switching and instant pairing with Apple devices.
In terms of technical innovation, the third-generation AirPods will feature a Compact System On Chip (SiP), similar to the chip used in the AirPods Pro. This will allow more audio features to be integrated into a smaller package.
AirPods 3: Water-resistance
AirPods pros are IPX4 water and sweat resistant, which is enough for you to run a marathon without worrying about your headphones’ moisture damage. If future AirPods 3 models have the same design, it’s not hard to guess that they will also receive IPX4 protection. Minus one more difference “pro” from “not a pro.”
Is Apple risking to reduce demand for AirPods Pro in this way? I think no. Yet even the best in-ear fit cannot isolate as much from external sounds as active noise cancellation. I can’t live without him.
AirPods 3: Price
Since AirPods 3 won’t get Active Noise Cancellation, prices will likely stay the same: $159 for the version with the usual charging case and $199 with wireless charging. True, Apple may remove the version with a cheap charging case without wireless charging altogether – they say, this is already the last century.
When will AirPods 3 come out?
According to insiders, the new AirPods will be shown in the first half of 2021. If there is a March event, as it has been in past years, AirPods may come out after it. This is exactly how Apple updated AirPods in due time, adding a case with wireless charging.