Apple may be preparing to release a new pair of AirPods in March.It is suggested that the third-generation Apple regular AirPods will share some features with the $249 AirPods Pro, such as spatial audio support. Compared with AirPods Pro, their stems are shorter, the nibs are interchangeable and the charging case is smaller. You need to know everything about the upcoming AirPods 3.
AirPods 3 may look more like AirPods Pro
So far, we have two generations of regular AirPods, namely wireless earplugs, whose long stems hang down from the ears. But 52audio’s new leak claims to show that the stem of the third-generation earbuds is shorter, so the overall design looks more similar to AirPods Pro.
AirPods 3 may also borrow the interchangeable earplug design of AirPods Pro to make the earplugs fit the ears better than the existing AirPods, while the current AirPods can only be placed in the ears. Some wearers find that regular AirPods are easy to fall when walking or running, so tricks can help provide a safer fit. Although AirPods Pro has a clickable stick, AirPods 3 may have a touch surface for interacting with earbuds.
An earlier report by Bloomberg also said that AirPods 3 may have a similar design to AirPods Pro, adding that entry-level AirPods would miss active noise reduction. So far, it is not clear whether AirPods 3 has a transparent mode, which can transmit external sound through a pipe to make you more aware of the surrounding environment.
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Will AirPods 3 still support spatial audio?
That is a rumor. First introduced in the iOS 14 release on AirPods Pro and later released on AirPods Max headsets, spatial audio uses accelerometers and gyroscopes to provide virtual surround sound effects when watching supported movies and TV shows on iPhone or iPad.
52audio report pointed out that the battery life will be the same as the current second-generation AirPods, which can last about 5 hours in total. As it is now, this case will bear additional costs. In the leaked image, the case looks like it divides the difference between the more square AirPods and the rectangular AirPods Pro cases.
As for the sound quality, it is not yet clear what details can be expected, although the fidelity may be improved compared to regular AirPods. Ming-Chi Kuo, a research analyst at TF International Securities, has a good track record in Apple rumors for many years. He issued a note in July 2020 claiming that AirPods 3 will have a system similar to AirPods Pro. Packaging, which means the audio quality may be comparable.
It is also safe to assume that other AirPods and AirPods Pro features (such as fast switching) will also appear in AirPods 3.
When will AirPods 3 be released?
Apple has not announced any release events or dates for AirPods. But many people speculate that the third-generation AirPods may be released in March, which is a typical release month for Apple. Both AirPods Pro and AirPods Max were announced in a press release, so it would not be surprising if Apple did the same on AirPods 3.
It makes sense that AirPods 3 debuted at the same price of $159 as the current AirPods. But it is not clear whether there will be a wireless charging box version for $199, or whether the box is a standard option.