AirPods 3 -What We Know So Far and What We’d Love To See


AirPods 3 has been making quite the headlines in the rumour world these days. With the AirPods 2 running successfully for two years, it is time for something new. It looks as if Apple has also been thinking on similar lines as they could be coming up with a newer generation of the AirPods, the AirPods 3.

What we know about the AirPods 3

There have been a lot of rumours regarding the design, configuration, and price of the AirPods 3. Compiled here are some of the most talked about aspects of Apple’s latest generation of AirPods.

AirPods 3 Design to be similar to the AirPods Pro

With the AirPods 3, we could be looking at a fully revised design. The existing AirPods design has been around for four years now. It was a widely accepted design back then and it set the bar high for other wireless earphone designs. This was exactly the reason why no one frowned when Apple decided to carry over the AirPods 1 design to the AirPods 2.

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AirPods 3, however, is expected to come with a fully revised design. Rumours suggest that the AirPods 3 design is highly inspired from the current AirPods Pro design.

Key design updates would include a slimmer profile, shorter stem, and an in-the ear design with customisable earbuds. An overall slim profile would make the AirPods

3 slightly lighter than the AirPods 2.

AirPods 3 Specs – Pro Design, Mostly No Pro Features

Though the AirPods 3 is inspired from the AirPods Pro, it will not carry Active Noise Cancellation or any of the other pro features. Having an Active Noise Cancellation would put the AirPods 3 in the pro segment, and it is obviously not going to happen. Rumours also suggest that we could be looking at a lite version of the AirPods Pro, may an AirPods Pro Lite.

In terms of specs, what we could expect from the AirPods 3 is a slightly improved noise cancellation feature, a newer generation H1 chip (the H2 chip may be), and a longer battery life. Not much changes are expected with the microphone as the current one already does a good job for a non-pro earbud.

AirPods 3 Price to mostly remain between $149 and $199

AirPods 3 will most likely be priced between $149 – $199, $ 149 for the wired charging variant and $199 for the wireless charging variant.

However, this pricing will put the AirPods 3 in direct competition with the AirPods Pro. Though the AirPods Pro has a price tag of $250, it is currently available at a much lower $199 at Amazon.

The most likely outcome of this competition will be that almost everyone would pick the AirPods Pro over the AirPods 3 as it is a ‘pro’ version with Active Noise Cancellation, for almost the same price. In case Apple decides to drop the current AirPods Pro and introduce a newer generation of the AirPods Pro 2, this direct competition issue could be put to rest.

AirPods 3 Case to be more compact and to come with/ without wireless charging

As the design language is highly inspired from the AirPods Pro, the AirPods 3 would have a slimmer profile than the AirPods 2. This would mean a slimmer and compact case for carrying the new AirPods.

Also, like the AirPods 2, Apple would mostly like offer both wireless and normal charging options for the case, with wireless charging variant priced higher than the wired charging variant.

AirPods 3 Release date more or less confirmed for Spring 21

Rumours suggest that AirPods 3 will be released by spring 2021, mostly in March. AirPods 2 were also announced in March back in 2019. Hence, a spring release for 2021 makes sense. A March release would also ensure enough time gap before Apple’s next big unveil in fall 2021.

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What we’d love to see in the AirPods 3

Now that we’ve seen the rumours and leaks on the AirPods 3, here are two features that we’d love to have in the 3rd generation AirPods.

Wireless Charging Case as a Standard Feature

Apple usually releases the AirPods in two variants – one with the wireless charging case, at a higher price, and the other one with a normal charging case at a lower price.

Though the same release pattern is expected for AirPods 3, it would be great if the AirPods 3 is offered as a single variant with wireless charging as a standard feature.

More colour options for AirPods 3

Ever since the inception of AirPods, they are being offered in a single colour, white. It would be interesting to see Apple offer more colours with the AirPods 3, similar to how it does for Macs and iPhones. The AirPods would be quite the looker in an All-black, Space Grey or Silver finish.

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