After the accumulation of some rumors that danced between the possible development of AirPods Pro Lite, AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods 3, it seems that finally Apple would have been working exclusively on the arrival of the latter. And it is that everything points to the next model, already highlighted by a lower size and price, choose to use the design and some features of your premium model.
As we had anticipated previously, in its latest leak, the 52audio website ensures that the next AirPods will be called Apple AirPods 3, although they will finally sport an in-ear headphone design very similar to the AirPods Pro. That would rule out the other rumored hypothesis, which pointed to a earbud design more similar to that of its more direct competitors, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro.
And is that although at first this “hanging baton” design was the point of many criticisms and jokes, finally it ended up becoming the most characteristic point of these headphones, being in fact the factor most imitated by the rest of the manufacturers.
So this design I would keep the use of silicone plugs for the inner part of the ear, helping greatly to achieve better noise isolation and support, in addition to a slightly shorter cane. Although this will not remove to highlight the presence of a large external microphone and speaker in them, which ensures the presence of a noise cancellation functionality for the new AirPods 3. Although according to rumors, it will not be the expected ANC, but a Spatial Audio technology.
Reducing the overall design of the headphones, too the charging case will arrive under a smaller size, which with a notably smaller width, is expected to maintain the same battery capacity as the current AirPods Pro.
On the other hand, taking into account the previous leaks that pointed to the AirPods Pro 2, these headphones are expected to equip a wireless W2 chip for better connectivity, adding at least a couple of hours to the autonomy of its predecessors, also offering some improvements in terms of active noise cancellation technology.
According to the Japanese website Mac Otakara, the company is expected to present these headphones during the next April, coinciding with the presentation of the new iPhone SE 3, after having officially ruled out the rumored date of an event in mid-March. Although at the moment the release date of these headphones continues to be unknown, since other sources such as LeaksApplePro point to a late availability, moving them until the fourth quarter of 2021.
However, the rumors seem somewhat more concise when it comes to the price of the AirPods 3, already marking a huge reduction compared to its predecessors, reducing its price by more than half to place it at a figure between 150 and 250 dollars.