Apple is expected to refresh its AirPods later this year. Next-gen Airpods could be released alongside the iPhone 13 line, according to a report. The biggest change in this year’s Airpods is expected to be a design change. The design of regular Airpods has remained more or less the same since 2016, and this year the company may be looking to change that with the launch of the Apple Airpods 3.
Apple AirPods 3 design (expected)
According to a previous report, the new Airpods could feature a design that resembles the Airpods Pro. Design similarities may include a smaller stem design and removable silicone ear tips that were lacking on the first two generations of the device.
The AirPods 3 are set to get a design overhaul, although that’s a look we’re already used to. We first got a glimpse of the next-gen AirPods from the Chinese site 52audio showing an extremely similar design to the AirPods Pro. Apple’s earbuds are expected to lose the long stem and adopt the silicone tips of the AirPods Pro.
All signs seem to point to an AirPods Pro design, but with Apple’s recently released Beats Studio Buds being completely rodless, Apple may choose to lose the rod entirely for the AirPods 3. Either way, we expect what the headphones lose the “toothbrush” see.
Apple AirPods 3 Specifications and Features (Expected)
The Apple AirPods 3 are supposed to come with newer hardware compared to its predecessor and new features as well.
Third-generation AirPods are expected to feature a wireless chip to replace the H1 processor, according to a report. This should increase the battery life of the second generation models by five hours and possibly give it more functionality. A leaker claims that the next AirPods will use a compact system (SiP) similar to the AirPods Pro. This indicates that the AirPods 3 may include an ANC mode, and maybe even a transparency mode, adaptive EQ, and spatial sound.
Apple has started pushing the limits of its spatial audio feature, offering dynamic head tracking on its popular AirPods Pro and AirPods Max when watching TV shows or listening to music with macOS and tvOS. Since the feature was only introduced during WWDC 2021, it’s likely that the new AirPods will offer the same feature as well, albeit at a much cheaper price.
Apple AirPods 3 price (expected)
A leak claims the AirPods 3 will be 20% cheaper than the AirPods Pro, which puts it at $ 199 based on the latter’s current price. It’s actually quite the upside over the $ 159 AirPods 2, which might disappoint anyone hoping their direct tracker will share a similar MSRP.