With the launch of the original AirPods in December 2016, these headphones have maintained their design throughout this time. Five years later, the AirPods 3 launching this year promise the first redesign of an already iconic product. Some rumors bring us closer to what we can expect from these AirPods 3, so let’s take a look at them.
AirPods 3 design
The design of the AirPods 3 is going to undergo major changes. Rumors are quite recurrent about the design they are going to have. Already last summer, Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that this year we would see AirPods 3 in the shape of AirPods Pro.
But it wasn’t until November that the first images were leaked. On that occasion, we saw the upper inner part of the case, with a part of the “chassis” of the right earpiece mounted. An unmistakably AirPods Pro look, but with slight changes that made them different.
In December, a report placed one of the components of these AirPods 3 as common with the current AirPods Pro. And now, in February 2021, we’ve seen more complete images that make them very similar to the AirPods Pro.
Other expected features
0In theory, AirPods 3 will be “traditional” AirPods. That is, they will not have noise cancellation and, therefore, no spatial audio. AirPods 3 will have these features, according to rumors:
- In-ear format.
- Interchangeable silicone tips.
- Proper fit detection.
- “Antennas” that can be pinched like the AirPods Pro.
- Squarer wireless charging case.
It is unknown at this time whether they will debut a new H2 chip or Apple is going to reuse the existing H1 across its range of Beats headphones and AirPods. If so, we could notice improvements in autonomy and also in Siri’s response, as well as in its synchronization.
What is the release date and price of the AirPods 3?
Rumors point to a release of AirPods 3 in the first half of 2021. With Apple’s impending launch dates or a spring event, there is speculation that the AirPods 3 will launch in March or April. Although at the moment nothing is certain.
As for the price of the AirPods 3, there is nothing concrete. That yes, the existence of the wireless charging case leads us to think that its price will be $199. Depending on how the company makes the currency exchange. Recall that the HomePod mini costs $99, although the AirPods 2 cost $159.