AirPods 3 are rumored to launch alongside the new iPhone 13 as well as the Apple Watch Series 7 today. After a year full of rumors, here’s what to expect from Apple’s next-generation AirPods.

Design

As multiple leakers, reports, and supply chain rumors have suggested, AirPods 3 will look a lot like the AirPods Pro but without the ear tips. Bloomberg says the wireless earbuds will feature a short stern.

In the search of a “universal fit,” this new look could help those who have problems with the original AirPods design falling off of their ears.

According to his Power On newsletter by the end of August, Mark Gurman said the next entry-level AirPods model will have a “design closers to the AirPods Pro, including a new in-ear shape and shorter stems.” He says this will be the “most significant update to that part of Apple’s AirPods line since the first model debuted in 2016.”

Features: Dolby Atmos, better battery, more

Although they will resemble the AirPods Pro, AirPods 3 won’t have some premium features like Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode. This means these new earbuds will have a different design with some performance and connectivity improvements as well, but with few new features.

Apple will likely promote a lot of Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio with this next generation so people can hear better the difference between the new version from the older AirPods.

Next-gen AirPods

Battery improvements, as well as better microphones, are also key features users are expecting. With AirPods Pro beta firmware, Apple is testing a new Conversation Boost feature, which could also land in these new earbuds.

Leaker Max Weinbach has shared on his Twitter that Apple’s wireless earbuds charging case should receive an around “20% larger battery compared to the second generation.”

As for this new model, the wireless charging feature will likely be standard, which means Apple won’t sell a version that will only charge via Lightning.

About the sound quality, PineLeaks says overall sound should be the same as on the second generation, though with noticeably better bass and low ends, probably due to the new design.

Launch date and price

AirPods 3 were expected to be unveiled sometime in the spring of 2021, which didn’t happen. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the launch will occur in Q3. Last month, DigiTimes reported that these new earbuds are likely to launch alongside iPhone 13 in September.

In the story, DigiTimes said that flexible circuit board shipments have kicked off for the next-generation AirPods models, with sources saying that the new AirPods have a ‘good chance’ of debuting at Apple’s September event, alongside the new iPhones.

noise canceling AirPods 3 prototype

In his Power On newsletter, Gurman doesn’t give a specif month, only that it will launch “in the fall.”

As for AirPods 3 price, Apple is expected to set them in the $150-$200 range. It’s still unsure whether Apple will sell two different versions, one with a wireless charging case and the other with just a regular case, or just one with a wireless charging case.

Wrap-up

AirPods 3 will probably receive its first redesign since it was unveiled alongside iPhone 7. Are you excited about these wireless earbuds? What feature are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comment section below.

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