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AirPods 3: release date, price, design, leaks and news

Will the AirPods 3 be released on September 14?

With every passing week, it looks more likely that Apple will release the AirPods 3 in 2021, which will be Apple's next major release in the wireless earbuds market. The Best earbuds were revealed as a surprise.  With the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, Apple can rely on its own brand to unveil some of the finest wireless headphones available. Is Apple planning to release AirPods 3 soon? There are already murmurs of another update to Apple's AirPods (2019) after nearly two years of the last iteration. Apple's AirPods 3 have been circulating around the internet for quite some time now, with new reports appearing every day.  

Everything we know about the upcoming AirPods 3

Apple launched two new sets of AirPods in 2019, and came perilously close to finishing the calendar year 2020 with none - but announced the AirPods Max on 8 December in time for the launch on 15 December. What a fine line to cut.

Nonetheless, Apple's basic AirPods (refreshed in March 2019) will likely have to wait nearly two years for the next upgrade, while you might be waiting even longer for the AirPods Pro (from October 2019). In the company's history, some of their most successful products have displayed this behavior. It looked like Apple would end the year without AirPods after launching two sets in 2019 - but the AirPods Max were finally unveiled on 8 December, ready for a 15 December release. What a fine line to cut. That means the basic AirPods (last updated in March 2019) will likely be at least two and a half years away from a new update, while the AirPods Pro (from October 2019) could be even longer by the time Apple updates them. In the company's history, some of their most successful products have displayed this behavior.


Apple AirPods 3: Expected Release Date, Leaks and Features

We have all the latest details on the third generation of AirPods, from release dates and pricing to design and features. 

In summary:

  • Expected to be released next week alongside the iPhone 13

  • Designed after AirPods Pro

  • Adaptive EQ could be used instead of active noise cancellation

  • Possible price increase of £199/$199

AirPods 3 design and feature rumours

  • A pro version of AirPods

  • H1 chipset powering the device

  • However, it is possible to use adaptive EQ instead of ANC

  • It may be possible to include fitness features

According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's next-gen earbuds will look similar to Apple's AirPods Pro.
Apple AirPods provide high-end functionality at an affordable price (according to Apple standards). There will be "pressure relief" technology in the upcoming AirPods model, so that you will not experience any discomfort or pressure on your ears while using the device for an extended period of time. Moreover, Ming-Chi Kuo notes that Apple AirPods will not feature Active Noise Cancellation in their third generation.

The new AirPods will offer a whole host of health-related features given Apple's emphasis on fitness this time around. AirPods 3, however, won't include a sensor for ambient light that we can see on AirPods 3.

When it comes to the backbone of AirPods 3, the wireless chipset will be dubbed U1. With this new chipset, you'll enjoy long-range connectivity, better battery life, and many more advanced features. Additionally, it has been suggested that the new product will have spatial audio features. AirPods Pro and AirPods Max are currently the only devices that support this feature.


Apple AirPods 3 Expected Release Date and Price

Considering the rumors above, it's highly likely that Apple will launch a third generation of AirPods alongside the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch 7 Series. Both of these products, however, don't have any official release dates confirmed either. The launch is expected to happen on the 17th September, according to experts and leaks. Regarding pricing, as with its predecessor, the newest release will be available in the affordable price range. AirPods without wireless charging are available at a price of $159 as of the date of writing this article. As opposed to wireless charging, which costs $199. 

A wireless charging feature is expected to come with the third generation of AirPods, which will retail for $199. Furthermore, the AirPods 3 price is going to be reduced to $159 so that there is no more competition between AirPods 3 and the predecessors. 



AirPods Patents and Research Papers

have mentioned the inclusion of ambient light sensors that could enable health monitoring features, and a patent for AirPods may provide some clues. As uncovered by Patently Apple, the AirPods patent describes the use of built-in sensors to "collect orientation information such as accelerometer measurements during user movements" for the purpose of providing coaching and feedback to users as well as evaluating performance.
It would be great to add Siri as a coaching feature on the upcoming AirPods, which would go along with the rumoured more secure design. Apple has been awarded a patent for a new feature that would focus more on safety. According to the article, headphones combine GPS and positional data to detect users' locations and provide information like volume adjustments, pauses, and directions.

Apple AirPods 3 Price

Despite costing the same as the current AirPods (2019) with Wireless Charging Case, the Apple AirPods 3 are expected to be more affordable than the AirPods Pro, which costs $249 / £249 / AU$399 . In that case, the price would be $159/£159/AU$249, respectively. Additionally, because Apple might add more premium features such as active noise cancellation or spatial audio, the price could rise. It remains to be seen if a standard (non-wireless charging case) version will be available - though with Apple's focus on wireless charging with the iPhone 12, it seems unlikely.
A report by The Elec claims that the AirPods 3 will be 20% cheaper than the AirPods Pro, putting it at $199 based on the latter's current price. It's a pretty steep jump from $159 for the AirPods 2, which might disappoint anyone hoping that there would be a similar price tag for the direct follow-up.

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