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(Pocket-lint) – Apple’s AirPods have been extremely profitable since they first arrived over 4 years in the past. For the reason that first era, we have had the second gen mannequin in early 2019 within the AirPods 2 or AirPods with wi-fi charging as they have been formally known as, adopted by the actually spectacular AirPods Professional. 

Whereas we’ll cowl the rumours surrounding the second era of AirPods Professional inside this function, we’re largely involved with the product we’ll name AirPods 3 – the replace of the principle AirPods.

For all of the rumours surrounding the AirPods Professional 2, you’ll be able to learn our separate function.

What is going to the brand new AirPods be known as? 

  • In all probability simply AirPods
  • Might have a third era suffix

Given Apple’s penchant for sticking with the identical identify, we anticipate that any substitute product for the present AirPods would nonetheless be known as, merely, AirPods.

Possibly they might have a ‘third era’ addendum, however they’d virtually definitely nonetheless be AirPods and we imagine that rumours they’d be known as AirPods Lite or AirPods Professional Lite are approach off the mark. 

Launch date and value

Provided that we noticed the AirPods 2 launched in March 2019, our cash is on or round March 2021 for a brand new launch. That ties up with what Apple analysts have mentioned and the rumours of an Apple occasion on both 16 March or 23 March. We predict the latter is extra probably. 

It was initially recommended that AirPods 3 would emerge alongside Apple’s much-delayed AirPower charging mat, which was rumoured to be arriving earlier than the top of 2020 however that after all did not occur. There have additionally been ideas of an April 2021 launch, alongside a 3rd era iPhone SE.

When it comes to value, if it was every other firm, it might be potential that the AirPods 3 would search to focus on the $99/£99 market, which appears to be turning into the important thing battleground for true wi-fi earphones. However Apple tends to not fear an excessive amount of about value level so it is extra probably they may are available at round $150/£150.

Design and new options

  • Shorter design like AirPods Professional?
  • Sweatproof health model might be on the best way

A brand new model of the usual AirPods might undertake a barely shorter design just like the AirPods Professional. Just a few leaked photographs suggests their design will sit in between the AirPods 2 and the AirPods Professional.

Water-resistance has lengthy been rumoured as has some noise discount expertise. They’re unlikely to have full energetic noise cancelling as a result of that will require a decent seal and, as such, will certainly stay the protect of the dearer AirPods Professional.

There is also quite a lot of different {hardware} upgrades together with a brand new chip – the W2 has been recommended, longer battery life and extra discuss time. They’re going to absolutely as soon as once more have a wi-fi charging case however we predict it unlikely they will have any sort of noise-cancelling, as an alternative leaving that to the AirPods Professional. 

Rumours for the older AirPods 2 originally predicted that the brand new AirPods may function a brand new coating to make them extra grippable and fewer droppable, whereas additionally coming in black and white color choices. Might this occur for AirPods 3? 

Will there be an AirPods Sport model?

  • A health model is a no brainer
  • Might they be absolutely waterproof?

The AirPods Professional are water and sweat resistant however they don’t seem to be waterproof or sweatproof. We nonetheless suppose it potential that there might be a fitness-orientated model of the AirPods that is each water and sweatproof. Sweat is a headphone killer, however our AirPods Professional are doing simply effective, thanks.

In the event that they have been waterproof it might be quite cool if you happen to might take them swimming with Apple Watch swim monitoring. Extra probably although, they are going to be water and sweat resistant just like the AirPods Professional.

AirPods Professional 3: All of the rumours to this point

Listed here are all the main points in chronological order for the brand new AirPods.

11 March 2021: Here is what the Apple AirPods 3 may appear to be

A leak from LeaksApplePro exhibits some hands-on pictures of what the AirPods 3 might appear to be.


9 March 2021: Apple set to announce 23 March occasion for AirTags and new iPads

A report has claimed Apple will maintain an occasion on 23 March. The lengthy rumoured AirTags are anticipated, alongside new iPads and there has additionally been a point out of AirPods on the at the moment unconfirmed occasion.

22 February 2021: Are these our first glimpse of Apple’s subsequent AirPods?

52Audio posted a picture of what’s claimed to be the AirPods 3. The picture exhibits a design similar to the AirPods Professional however with out the moulded ideas. 


The case is somewhat wider than the AirPods 2 case however much less huge than the Professional case, whereas the earphones themselves are clearly however subtly completely different than the present AirPods available on the market.

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19 February 2021: Will there be an Apple Occasion on 16 March?

LeaksApplePro reported that an Apple event could take place on 16 March. The AirPods 3, new iPads and the long-rumoured AirTags are all rumoured to appear.

27 January 2021: Apple AirPods 3 could be coming soon, another report suggests

A report from Digitimes claimed the AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods 3 are set to launch in the first half of 2021 after a flash storage supplier was said to be ramping up production.

10 January 2021: Apple AirPods Pro 2 to launch in April 2021

A report from Macotakara claimed the AirPods 3 and AirPods Professional 2 might arrive in April 2021, alongside the iPhone SE.

9 December 2020: Apple launches AirPods Max

Apple launched a pair of high-end, wi-fi over-ear headphones known as AirPods Max. Lengthy-rumoured, we thought they might be known as AirPods Studio. They use a lot of the identical tech because the AirPods Professional, however with greater sound and a placing steel design. 

September-November 2020: Apple Particular Occasions happen, however no AirPods

Apple hosted its Time Flies Particular Occasion on 15 September, asserting the Apple Watch Collection 6, Apple Watch SE, new entry-level iPad, new iPad Air and new providers together with Health+. Then in October it launched the iPhone 12 collection whereas in November it hosted the occasion that noticed the Mac lineup begin to transfer from Intel to Apple’s personal processors. 

8 September 2020: Apple declares Particular Occasion

Apple introduced it might be holding a digital Particular Occasion on 15 September. It’s not identified what might be introduced on the occasion, however the AirPods 3 are a chance.

8 July 2020: Apple AirPods 3 predicted to maneuver in the direction of AirPods Professional design

A report suggests the AirPods 3 will tackle a brand new design much like the AirPods Professional. TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the third gen mannequin will transfer to a system-in-chip answer just like the AirPods Professional.

22 June 2020: Computerized switching coming to all AirPods fashions

As a part of iOS 14, AirPods will seamlessly swap between Apple gadgets, so if you happen to open up your MacBook, iPhone or iPad, your AirPods will detect if you’re altering the specified audio supply to a brand new system. Fairly how this may work in follow is fascinating, as a result of what if someone else begins to make use of your different system? Hopefully, will probably be customisable. 

Additionally spatial audio is coming to AirPods Professional – together with help for Dolby Atmos – thanks to go monitoring tech contained in the premium AirPods. We would like to see this contained in the AirPods 3. 

8 Might 2020: Apple producing some AirPods in Vietnam, potential AirPods 3 delay

Nikkei says that Apple has shifted some AirPods manufacturing out of China into Vietnam. The report additionally appears to sign a delay in manufacturing that might see the brand new mannequin delayed past the top of 2020. The transfer appears to be a part of a diversification of producing because the US-China commerce battle rumbles on. 

6 Might 2020: Analyst says some AirPods are nonetheless going to ship

Apple analyst Jon Prosser means that some AirPods are being readied for delivery, but it surely’s unclear if that is true or not. Prosser’s proclamations have to be taken loosely, since we have not heard this from elsewhere. 

25 April 2020: AirPods 3 set for early 2021

Famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo means that new AirPods are prone to be delayed till 2021 because of manufacturing adjustments. He additionally says {that a} second-generation of the AirPods Professional 2 won’t be with us until early 2022, although we would positively take that with a pinch of salt. 

20 April 2020: Might Apple launch AirPods 3 within the coming weeks?

Jon Prosser believed the AirPods 3 launch might occur within the subsequent month alongside the MacBook Professional 14-inch. 

12 February 2020: New AirPods in early 2020?

A Digitimes report suggests that some AirPods might be made in Taiwan as an alternative of China (Replace: try the Vietnam story above) and that there might be a brand new mannequin in early 2020.  

Writing by Dan Grabham. Modifying by Britta O’Boyle.