These AirPods 3 renders give us our best look yet at Apple's next earphones

These AirPods 3 renders give us our best look yet at Apple's next earphones
AirPods 3 concept render by Phone Industry

Apple has reportedly been working on a pair of third-generation AirPods since early 2018. If everything goes to plan, the in-ear alternatives could arrive at an event later this month, but if the product isn’t quite ready Apple may delay the unveiling until early 2020. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait because designer Phone Industry has published a bunch of AirPods 3 concept renders based on the most recent leaks.

Apple might produce a matte black option


Representing a drastic change in direction for Apple’s AirPods line, the new version looks set to adopt a noticeably shorter stem design that shaves off around one-third of its usual length. On the first and second-generation models, this area is home to the battery which means the reduction in size on AirPods 3 could translate into a shorter battery life. A redesigned head which is also significantly larger accompanies this. It’s expected to house either Apple’s H1 chip that was introduced earlier this year or a newer version that’ll presumably be marketed as Apple H2. 

Also to be expected are the necessary audio drivers and microphones in addition to an all-new noise cancellation system, which brings us to the next feature. As visualized in these renders, Apple’s next-generation AirPods are expected to adopt a new in-ear form factor that utilizes rubber tips which are presumably replaceable with different sizes. This change should allow for better acoustic isolation and ultimately improve the noise cancellation experience.

Rumors suggest AirPods 3 or AirPods Pro – it’s unclear what marketing name Apple has chosen – will be available to purchase in black alongside the usual white option. Separate info has also mentioned the possibility of an iPhone 11-like matte finish that’ll help reduce slipperiness. This, however, is unconfirmed at this stage hence the renders with and without the coating. As you may have noticed, today’s AirPods 3 images also envision the product in gold and silver. These probably won’t be released but they're certainly nice to look at.

Active noise cancelation and water resistance


Feature-wise, the standout element is expected to be the inclusion of active noise cancelation. Details are limited at the moment but iOS 13 code suggests AirPods 3/Pro will support several different listening modes among which will be a “Focus Mode” that enables noise cancellation.

Another important addition should be that of water resistance, something that isn’t present on Apple’s current-generation AirPods. This means you won’t have to worry about sweat when working out or even something as simple as rain. Additionally, Apple may integrate some sort of heart rate monitor. This feature was originally mentioned in a report published last year but hasn’t been referred to much since. Nevertheless, it could still be on the cards for AirPods 3.

Apple AirPods 3 release date and price


A report last month claimed production of AirPods 3 was scheduled to begin at some point this month. If true, an announcement in late October alongside an updated iPad Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro seems extremely likely. Otherwise, we probably won’t see Apple’s premium pair of wireless earphones until March 2020 at the company’s annual event where it’ll be accompanied by the iPhone SE 2.

Pricing details haven’t yet leaked but AirPods 3 should be positioned above the existing AirPods model, which will continue to be sold alongside the new version. As a result, a retail price of between $249 and $299 seems extremely likely. The new AirPods will ship alongside a redesigned case that may support wireless charging as standard.

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24 Comments

1. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Perfect! From the current design that looks like someone sneaked behind you and cut your cables to the hairdryer design. Way to go, Apple! After the kitchen stove iPhone, now another house appliance- inspired design!

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

$300 is ridiculous, but that’s Apple.

4. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Exactly but of course there are hundreds of airpods knockoffs for few bucks. Though they aren’t close to apple’s quality, sound and features of W chip.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You could get a nice Sony ear buds for half that price

14. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well... In all fairness the equivalent Sony cost also around $230, but at least they look better.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It is true you can indeed buy cheaper Sony wireless earbuds but it is also true that if you look at the ratings of each device that Apple outscores the Sony offerings. You could argue that reviews are from the Apple loyal and they will review anything as good or that maybe they are indeed good. Personally, I think sound comes down to personal preference. Some want more bass, others want better mids, etc. For one person Sony may sound the best and others Apple may sound the best.

11. JCASS889

Posts: 566; Member since: May 18, 2018

Dude accept it, apple airpods sound like garbage

15. midan

Posts: 3012; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No they doesn’t

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

To be fair, these are the noise canceling version and if you look up noise canceling earbuds the majority cost around $250. So it’s not that far fetched considering what they normally up charge consumers.

3. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Noise cancellation feature is not a big deal for me but the black color would be perfect to upgrade from Airpods 2.

5. Silva5 unregistered

Upgrading just for a color is a complete waste of money.

6. DBozz

Posts: 68; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

U should know few people do that for their hobby. money is never a matter for them...

7. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Best new feature is that you can use this mini hairdryer to dry the hair of your ears.

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Better sound just beucase they droped stupid earbuds desing, that every other manufacturer with a brain droped years ago.

13. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

ugly .

16. ahmadkun

Posts: 615; Member since: May 02, 2016

to be honest that looks ugly

17. pogba

Posts: 112; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

Watch how in ear design suddenly becomes a wonderful innovation.

19. wickedwilly

Posts: 724; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It terms of fit and design these are definitely an improvement on the original Air Pods. However, if they are a secure fit and not all plastic they will still have to drastically increase the sound quality to even get close to the competition. If the battery life in use (not the case that is less important) is reduced then they will remain at the bottom of the list in this category.

20. Alcyone

Posts: 488; Member since: May 10, 2018

I find it dinny how people complained about in ear designs. Yet, this looks like a hybrid. Truely innovative. Not.

21. Pcworld1976

Posts: 178; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

In Alienxpress I have seen better designs

24. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Does it only look like Hair dryer, or will even work like one?? Maybe dry the sweat in ears during summer..... :P

28. Vancetastic

Posts: 1589; Member since: May 17, 2017

Maybe these will stay in my ears!

29. TheHitman1982

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Never fails. Every PA article that involves an Apple product, the comment section is full of Android Fanbois.

30. wickedwilly

Posts: 724; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Just because someone comments negatively about a product, does not make them a fanboy. This is a tech site criticising a product for faults or pointing out bias that is clearly there is to be expected. If you do not like this why read the comments?

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