Appleâ€™s AirPods changed the headphone world. Sure, there were definitely true wireless headphones before the AirPods, but AirPods made them popular. AirPods 2 improved on the originals with better sound quality and wireless charging.
Airpod 3 is going to be the next major release. Following the surprise reveal of the Beats Studio Buds, Apple can now switch focus to its own brand: one that, with the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, can claim to include some of the best wireless headphones around.
AirPods 3 specs and features
AirPods 3 will likely offer new internal hardware. Apple is also working on new chip for the AirPods 3 that will help improve the battery life of the headphones. This is the same chip that will ultimately power the second-generation AirPods Pro earbuds. The ear phones support things like Automatic Switching and pairing with all your devices, but probably wonâ€™t support premium features like noise cancelation. The head phones may also support Spatial Audio, which would be great for those that want to take advantage of Appleâ€™s 3D audio tech.
AirPods 3 design
AirPods 3 will likely have a design closer to that of AirPods Pro, with a shorter stem and a larger body. It seems that the new headphones wonâ€™t have replaceable ear tips, instead offering a plastic body thatâ€™s designed to slot into the ear, like the current-generation AirPods. The charging case may also differ too. The case looks similar to the AirPods Proâ€™s charging case, with a wider body.
AirPods 3 price and release date
AirPods 3 are likely to come at a similar price as the current-generation AirPods. Current-generation AirPods come at $159 for the standard model and $199 for the AirPods with Wireless Charging. Itâ€™s possible that Apple could continue to sell current-generation AirPods at a lower price, and the new headphones at the $199 price point.
These are rumoured to be announced at Appleâ€™s planned California Streaming September 14 event. Theyâ€™ll be announced alongside the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7. They may not be released on that day, but they likely will be within a few days of the event.