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February 2021 - November 2022

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Apple’s AirPods are hugely popular truly wireless earbuds, and a new version is on the way. AirPods 3 are expected to be released later this year with an all-new design. Here’s everything we know so far.


Apple is expected to introduce a new version of its entry-level AirPods with an all-new design. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the new AirPods will feature a new form factor and design “similar to AirPods Pro,” though the analyst did not offer any details.

The second-generation AirPods were initially released in March 2019, bringing “Hey Siri” support and Qi wireless charging. The overall design and form factor of AirPods has stayed the same since their original release in December 2016, so they are overdue for some sort of visual redesign.

Bloomberg reported in October that Apple is planning to launch new entry-level AirPods with a shorter stem, again likening the design to the AirPods Pro.

More recent leaked images have indicated that while the design of the upcoming AirPods is similar to AirPods Pro, the AirPods 3 will not feature replaceable ear tips. This follows Apple’s strategy of marketing the entry-level AirPods as having a “universal” fit and the AirPods Pro as having a customizable fit.

As such, the charging will also be redesigned to accommodate the new earbuds. Leaked images from 52audio also claimed to offer our first real-world look at the redesigned AirPods 3. Here we can see the smaller stem, in-ear design, and redesigned battery case.


If AirPods and AirPods Pro feature a similar design, what differentiates them and helps Apple justify the higher-price of AirPods Pro? According to Bloomberg, the AirPods would lack higher-end AirPods Pro features like noise cancellation and transparency mode.

This means AirPods 3 will be very similar to the current AirPods in terms of features, with the primary changes being the new design, as well as some performance and connectivity improvements.

When will AirPods 3 be released?

AirPods 3 were initially expected to be released sometime in the spring of 2021, but that appears to no longer be happening. Instead, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently reported that AirPods 3 will launch sometime in Q3 of this year. Apple’s April hardware announcements came and went without any announcement of AirPods 3.

Apple is likely to release new iPhone models in September, and it would make sense for the company to also release new AirPods around that same time. This would also ensure AirPods 3 are readily available in time for the holiday shopping season. Bloomberg also recently reported that AirPods are still on track for a release sometime in 2021.

How much will AirPods 3 cost?

Pricing information is unclear, but at least one report has suggested that AirPods 3 will cost roughly 20% less than AirPods Pro, which indicates a $199 price point. This is a noticeable increase in price compared to the current AirPods lineup.

Apple currently sells AirPods with wired charging case for $159 and AirPods with wireless charging case for $199. Another report has suggested that AirPods 2 will continue to be sold after AirPods 3 are introduced, giving users a low-cost option in the AirPods lineup.

AirPods 3 Stories November 17

As the follow-up to Apple’s hit earphones with active noise cancellation, AirPods Pro 2 come with a number of thoughtful upgrades. That includes features like 2x more noise cancellation, adaptive transparency, an upgraded charging case with Find My tracking, speaker, lanyard loop, and much more. Read along for our in-depth comparison of AirPods Pro 2 vs AirPods Pro, AirPods 3, and 2.

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AirPods 3 Stories June 2

“The music lives on” was how Apple discontinued the iPod touch. A few weeks later, the company is bringing very strong iPod-ad vibes by promoting the Spatial Audio feature on AirPods with the new Harry Style album that’s just been released.

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AirPods 3 Stories April 22

AirPods Pro and AirPods 3: How to change Force Sensor controls

AirPods Pro have great features like noise cancellation and a Transparency mode with an in-ear design. And to switch between those and other features, Force Sensors in the AirPods Pro (and AirPods 3) stems offer easy control. Read on for how to change AirPods controls including press speed, press duration, and what your left and right Force Sensors do, and more.

AirPods 3 Stories April 6

AirPods 3 launched last October. With a brand new design, Spatial Audio technology, and a $50 price increase, these wireless earbuds try to bring the original AirPods experience to another level. But are they as magical as the first version was?

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AirPods 3 Stories January 18

Apple is rolling out a new firmware version for its latest third-generation AirPods. The new firmware update rolling out today brings AirPods 3 to version 4C170, and it represents the third update that Apple has released since AirPods 3 debuted last fall.

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AirPods 3 Stories December 12, 2021

Ever since I put my hands on AirPods Pro, I’ve been almost an advocate for their qualities. Not only because they fit perfectly in my ears but because I wanted to have ANC when on a bus or a plane, and the second-generation AirPods didn’t give me that.

After two years of using AirPods Pro, I finally had the chance to try AirPods 3, and here are my impressions of these wireless earbuds.

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AirPods 3 Stories December 9, 2021

Apple is rolling out a new firmware version for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max today. The update pushes Apple’s truly wireless earbuds to version 4C165 as well as its premium headphone. Head below for details on how to update and how to check your firmware version. 

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AirPods 3 Stories November 19, 2021

We got a look inside Apple’s new AirPods 3 earlier this month from iFixit, and now it’s given us a look at how the new Beats Fit Pro compare when it comes to design, manufacturing, and repairability.

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AirPods 3 Stories November 13, 2021

Just after its “Unleashed” event, Apple started selling the AirPods 3. With a new design and improved battery, do you think these wireless earbuds fit better or worse than the previous model?

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AirPods 3 Stories November 8, 2021

Since Apple introduced the first AirPods, the company’s wireless earphones lineup has expanded with AirPods Pro and then AirPods Max, but the entry-level model never received a significant update until recently. With AirPods 3, Apple has finally brought much-needed features for those people who don’t like in-ear earbuds — and I’ve been enjoying mine quite a bit.

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AirPods 3 Stories November 4, 2021

Following the announcement last month, AirPods 3 are finally among us. The new generation of Apple’s truly wireless earphones comes with a new design inspired by AirPods Pro and features such as Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. However, while the external design looks almost the same, they are quite different on the inside, as shown in a new teardown by 52audio.

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AirPods 3 Stories October 27, 2021

When Apple introduced AirPods Pro in late 2019, they instantly made the regular AirPods “uncool.” The stems were shorter, the sound was better, there were actual buttons, and the case had a landscape design that was undeniably new. But AirPods Pro have always had a fundamental flaw for me. They just don’t fit my ears. None of the included interchangeable tips have ever worked for me. I know this is unusual since people tend to say that AirPods Pro fit their ears better than standard AirPods, but the original AirPods design was infinitely more comfortable for me. The third-generation AirPods take the best of both and combine them into one pair of nearly perfect wireless earbuds.

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AirPods 3 Stories October 25, 2021

Following the first reviews of the new MacBook Pros earlier this morning, the embargo has now been lifted on AirPods 3. The early reviews are here to go in-depth on the new design, spatial audio support, and much more. Head below for the full details on everything you need to know…

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AirPods 3 Stories October 19, 2021

Apple held its “Unleashed” event yesterday. With a new Apple Music plan, new HomePod mini colors, redesigned AirPods 3, and new Macs with the powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, what was your favorite announcement?

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During its “Unleashed” event yesterday, Apple unveiled the new AirPods 3. After almost a year of rumors, the third-generation wireless earbuds are finally available to order. As we learn more about AirPods 3, one tidbit is that battery life only reaches Apple’s claimed six hours if you disable a key feature.

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If you are thinking about buying the new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro or even AirPods 3, don’t do it in Brazil. Yet again, the South American country has the most expensive Apple products in the world. Here’s where you should and shouldn’t buy the new Mac and AirPods 3.

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AirPods 3 Stories October 18, 2021

During the “Unleashed” keynote, Apple announced a brand-new AirPods 3. Even so, the company still sells the second-generation AirPods. Here’s how Apple’s wireless earbuds line looks now.

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During its October special event, Apple finally unveiled the third-generation of its popular wireless earbuds. AirPods 3 features a new design based on AirPods Pro, but this time with a universal fit and Spatial Audio support.

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After a year of potential release dates, it seems that AirPods 3 could finally be announced this Monday during the “Unleashed” Apple event. Here’s what we know so far.

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AirPods 3 Stories October 17, 2021

The wait is finally over as we are just a day away from Apple’s “Unleashed” event. If rumors turn out to be true, Cupertino’s company will unveil a new MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and the long-awaited AirPods 3.

Although many people already expected these launches, it’s the leaker Dylandkt who doubles down on this bet, according to some of his tweets and information gathered by 9to5Mac.

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AirPods 3 Stories September 16, 2021

Apple’s September event included the unveiling of iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, the redesigned iPad mini 6, and more. However, there were a number of things absent. Let’s look at everything Apple didn’t announce at its iPhone 13 event.

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AirPods 3 Stories September 13, 2021

Tomorrow marks Apple’s annual September event, and all eyes are on the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7. Over the weekend, however, Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple is also planning to announce the long-rumored AirPods 3 refresh during the event. Based on the rumors we’ve seen so far, there’s a real possibility AirPods 3 could end up stealing the show.

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AirPods 3 Stories September 8, 2021

Ahead of Apple’s upcoming event on Tuesday, last-minute leaks and rumors continue to surface regarding the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and AirPods 3. Leaker Max Weinbach has shared a handful of details about the iPhone 13 lineup related to battery life, camera technology, and more.

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AirPods 3 Stories August 15, 2021

In about a month, Apple should unveil its new iPhone models with the Apple Watch Series 7, the long-rumored AirPods 3 as well as a redesigned iPad mini. In his latest Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman roundups everything Apple is expected to launch this fall.

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