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