Apple AirPods 3 could arrive later this year with one cool new feature

Apple AirPods 3 could arrive later this year with one cool new feature
Second-gen AirPods

Five weeks ago, Apple announced a new pair of AirPods. The update was largely welcomed, but it was far from the big upgrade many were hoping for. However, a new report by DigiTimes suggests Apple could introduce a third-generation pair as early as this fall.

The new AirPods could introduce noise-cancelation 


According to industry sources, the next-generation AirPods will be manufactured jointly by Taiwan-based Inventec and Chinese company Luxshare Precision. These two aren’t exactly household names but they are the companies in charge of producing the current-gen AirPods.

In regards to actual features, the details provided by the report are minimal. However, it’s suggested that the primary new feature will be built-in noise cancelation.
DigiTimes didn’t provide any further information today, but over the course of the past few months similar reports have emerged pointing towards two AirPods releases this year – last month’s spring launch and a separate release this fall.

Tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, for example, accurately predicted back in February that Apple’s AirPods release in March would center around the wireless charging case. The upcoming fall release, on the other hand, will apparently focus on an all-new pair of AirPods that’ll be available in a range of new colors.

What else can be expected from AirPods 3?


Way back in June of last year, Bloomberg published a report detailing Apple’s plans for a pair of premium AirPods sometime this year. An exact timeline wasn’t provided, but the piece did list a number of potential features that would justify the expected price hike.

Like today’s report, noise-cancelation was listed as one of the primary additions. This will apparently be accompanied by the introduction of water resistance and some health-related features which could include a built-in heart rate monitor. Apple is also said to be working on extending the range at which AirPods can be used away from a connected device.

Further rumors and reports have suggested the next-generation AirPods will introduce a subtle redesign. More specifically, a frosted glass-like coating is to be expected. This will apparently improve grip and reduce slipperiness, thus making the new AirPods less prone to falling out of your ears. 

Also expected are the usual internal upgrades which should include a new Bluetooth connectivity chip and improvements to the overall sound quality. A rumor floating around also suggested the next AirPods will support more powerful wireless charging that takes the battery percentage from 0% to 100% in just 15 minutes.

Apple could be preparing AirPods 3 & AirPods 3 Pro models


Just hours after the initial report from DigiTimes, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that he now expects Apple to launch two new pairs of AirPods during the '4Q19-1Q20' timeframe, meaning the new accessories could be unveiled at any point between early October 2019 and late March 2020.

One of these new models will apparently be a small update over the AirPods that are currently on sale. It's unclear what kind of upgrades this will entail, but Kuo believes the version will maintain the $159 starting price seen today – with the wireless charging case this will presumably rise to $199.

The second pair, on the other hand, will apparently introduce an 'all-new design' that will be accompanied by a higher price tag. Presumably, this means that there will be a wide range of new features including noise cancelation and water resistance, as mentioned above.

Ming-Chi Kuo expects AirPods shipments to reach a considerable 52 million units in 2019, while this number should then grow even higher in 2020 to 75 million. In order to cope with the increased demand, it's believed Apple will move to a new system-in-package design for both sets of AirPods that'll save space, lower costs, and improve production yield rates.


As pointed out by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the AirPods that Apple launched last month were initially planned for release in September 2018 alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XR devices. Apple hasn’t officially confirmed this, but it’s rumored to have happened due to issues with the canceled AirPower charging mat. Apparently, the AirPods charging case was meant to utilize proprietary technology, but complications with AirPower forced Apple to rework the accessory using the Qi standard. 

If things had gone as planned, new AirPods launching later this year wouldn't be out of the question. But considering that, by the end of 2019, Apple's latest AirPods will have only been on the market for 9 months, it seems highly likely that the AirPods 3 and AirPods 3 Pro (or however Apple markets them) will arrive towards the end of Kuo's release timeframe at the brand's annual spring event in March, one year after the current-gen AirPods arrived. 

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41 Comments

1. pogba

Posts: 105; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

two airpods in the same year.....very unlikely!

2. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I just bought a pair of new AirPods last March.

3. DeadMeat

Posts: 1; Member since: May 09, 2014

Noise cancellation is least likely to come to airpods when some of the leading earphones manufacturers still don't have it in their wireless earphones. Noise isolation is more likely. Looks like apple once again is pretty much the last company to introduce this already mainstream feature. But they're definitely gonna call it a 'game changer' when it comes to introducing their far inferior product.

12. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Inferior fandroid here he comes! Don’t you know that airpods is one of the top selling wireless headphones? Actually its the best in the market. Even android offerings don’t come close to what the airpods are capable.

18. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

What do the Airpods do that other wireless headphone sdon't do. I can't even wait for your answer. because other buds actually do more. The Icon X as an example, have noise cancellation, have internal storage so you don't even need to use a phone with them. They offer Bt connection to any non-Samsung device, they also have fitness features where they count steps and other workout types and sync that data to yoru device with Samsung health install. Whether IOS or Android. The AirPod don't do that. Then add the Galaxy Buds which can be charged by your phone. They last longer than the AirPods. They also sound better. And without knowing how many Airpod were sold, you have zero idea who sells the most headphones. The airpods don't have touch features. The Airpod have to be controlled with either using Siri or using your phone. The Icon X and Samsung uds can all be controlled with just touching the earbud itself. How do you advance a song with Airpods? yeah, you look stupid telling Siri to go to next track when on the Samsung Buds, all you have to do is double tab. And you can switch to which bud is the controlling one for if you are a lefty or righty. Even beats own Powerbeats and other headphoens liek the Beats X all sound better than Airpod. Airpod has no bass. Its all just highs and terrible mids. Even the galaxy Buds and iCon X all have nice bass in this. The Buds and Icon X both have full 100% noise cancelling because they all have rubber tips that can make them fit any ear. Airpods can't fit any ear. if your ear lobes can't fit airpods, you can't even use them becaus ethey fall right out. How do you think all those cons make the airpod better than anything on the market is a complete lack of facts and is nothign more than your typical fanboy garbage. Fanboys no zero about tech. Just like Victor claiming the next possible feature of AirPod is noise cancellation. Really? How do you accomplish that with how the AirPod are made? You can't without plastic/rubber tips to seal the inner ear canal closed.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Jesus Christ, look at this lad ramble!

26. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”How do you advance a song with Airpods? yeah, you look stupid telling Siri to go to next track when on the Samsung Buds, all you have to do is double tab. And you can switch to which bud is the controlling one for if you are a lefty or righty.” Techie, How i’m not surprised that you don’t have any idea about what you are talking about? Do some research before you make yourself look any more dumb. You can do exactly same with AirPod and you can change the function for left and right AirPod, seriously how you didn’t knew this?

40. pp3k3jamail

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

Apple airpods are trash when you compare them to the Bose soundsport bluetooth earbuds the Jabra elites or Sony extra Bass the jaybird runs, the Sennheiser momentum's that are considered the best Bluetooth earbuds on the market or the B&0 E5 and others. I can't believe people actually waste money on Apple airpods when there are far better alternatives out there.

28. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”According to Counterpoint's estimates, 12.5 million wireless headphones shipped in the fourth quarter of 2018, and Apple was responsible for most of them: the tech giant held a 60 percent market share.”

19. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

False. Every brand except Apple has Noise Cancellation in some models. You cannot achieve noise cancelling without plastic or rubber tips to block air, which carries noise into the ear. It's simply biology. You know, the class you all skipped, because it is obvious you don't even know how the ear works.

4. RoryBreaker

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Are they gonna fix the fact they look like tampons coming out of the ear of those using them???

5. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

They have iconic look already so i don' think so. Apple wanted to make earphones which you can see far away what brand it is. And they very much nailed it. Look the sale numbers. If someone sees someone wearing them they know right away what brand it is. Exactly same what Apple did with Apple watch, when someone sees it they know right away it's the Apple watch. That's called branding and Apple is really doing well with that.

8. wickedwilly

Posts: 667; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Shame they do not put more effort into making better products. Yes the blind will buy into the brand and thus many will be sold, but it does not make a product that is great for the price being paid. Both the Apple watch and Airpods are different, yet it does not change the fact both are ugly and second rate products for the cost.

10. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

What a silly comment, so hard to accept that both are great products and that’s why both are selling so well? Think Apple Watch, Press first said it’s flop because it wasn’t as popular what it expected to be, look now, it’s selling extremely well, why? Because happy and satisfied users spreading the word and more and more people want to try it too, and then they also noticed how great the product is and then same happens again and again and that’s why they sell tens of millions of them now.

31. wickedwilly

Posts: 667; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Why is the truth silly? You are the stupid on for missing the main point that they sell well because of a brand loyalty, rather than them being great products. You were the one that bought up the brand and why I responded. People purchased Apple Watches in big numbers right from the off and it was a really bad product at its price point. The only people buying it are iPhone users which proves the brand point.

38. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

" You are the stupid on for missing the main point that they sell well because of a brand loyalty, rather than them being great products." "New research shows AirPods hit 98 percent customer satisfaction" sure sure.. AirPods sell great because it's a great product. AirPods have 4.4 rating in amazon among users who bought them. Biggest selling point for AirPods is their very easy and fast pairing and just easy effortless use. And the fact they sound as good as the EarPods. So if those people already used EarPods, they won't be disappointed with AirPods.

39. wickedwilly

Posts: 667; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

You still miss the point Apple customers are satisfied with anything with an Apple logo. Just look at what you said "So if those people already used EarPods, they won't be disappointed with AirPods." EarPods are crap sounding, if they are happy with the same for 160 US then just proves my point. Just because someone drives a Toyota Corolla and thinks it drives great because it as good as another does not mean it is the best car or even a great one. You just have very low standards. Yes Airpods are very easy and fast pairing, but so are my Icon X's and they are better in virtually every other way at a lower cost. All your comment proves is you have low standards and are not fit to comment on non-Apple products as you do, anything you say is meaningless. What's the point of easy pairing if they sound crap?

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

What makes them second rate products in your eyes? Ugly looks I can understand, but calling either the watch or the AirPods second rate is just facetious. They're widely regarded as the the best in their fields for a reason. Do some products offer specific features that are better? Sure. But there aren't any complete packages that are on par with them at present. That's just facts, fam.

13. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

First, he haven’t even owned either of the devices, and secondly he haven’t owned either of the devices.

30. Vancetastic

Posts: 1103; Member since: May 17, 2017

Think about this the next time you tell us all about how Samsung is failing. You know, the company whose mobile devices you don’t own?

33. wickedwilly

Posts: 667; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Never owned, have used both more than enough to make a good comparison though. Which is something you obviously have never done!

22. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Do you even know what Facetious means? Not hardly since you use it wrong. Ugly isn't the worse of it. Compare the AirPod to the Icon X when it comes to price and I can list every reason why AirPod are completely inferior, even before the galaxy Buds were release. Price $160 vs $199 original Icon X price. Apple wins on price. Features? Both are splash resistant. Icon X has noise cancellation. Airpod don't. Icon X has internal storage which allows for music playback without any phone. Airpods don't. Plus you don't need a phone to put music on them either. You can just hook the case to the PC and transfer content to them. This isn't normal and is a nice bonus. Airpod? Nope. Icon X comes with rubber tips, in various sizes, like most earphones of its type, to allow for more ears to be fit. Apple didn't even include or design the airpods this way. So fit is more times than not, a miss. Icon X have fitness tracking that tracked activities like running/jogging and sync that data with your phone running Samsung Health. Whether IOS or Android. Airpods? Nope! Icon X has terrible battery life at up to 3 hours with the case providing a single recharge in roughly 60 mins. The Airpods have no features, thus the smaller batter lasted longer. Nice plus, if all you want is music. Lastly the design. The concept of earbuds is they fit IN YOUR EAR. They would be less noticeable. The AirPods are not iconic, they have a unique design that no real OEM wants to copy because the design has so many downsides. Like ones I mentioned. They won't fit most ears, which leads to lesser sales. The sound quality is poor for the price. Now as far as sound, when it comes to price, for any brand you can find lesser costing options which sound better. So Apple isn't the only rip off here. Sennheiser, Sony, and others all have overpriced poor sounding options too. The only people who have regarded the AirPod as great are Apple users only. There are several videos on YT from Apple fans and non-Apple fans who say the AirPod basically sound just like the Earpods. Fanboys are ok with anything they are a fan of, good or bad. So you using that as a basis for a counter argument is nothign mor ethan fanfair at best. My only single issue with the Airpod is after so many delays, and the fact in-ear headphones have been Airpod for more than a decade, and the fact Apple owns a company that makes far superior crappy earphones, there is no excuse for the AirPods to be as bad as they are. They should have been better considering Apple pricing structure and they aren't. The Galaxy Buds are what the Icon X were, without all the extra unnecessary features that not many would use and are just a battery drain. Being able to charge them again with your case and phone is a double bonus. And yet they still cost less and sound betetr than even the Airpod 2.

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Blah blah blah... reported again. I'm so tired of reading your incoherent drivel.

34. wickedwilly

Posts: 667; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Tired of being proved wrong more like.

42. pp3k3jamail

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

If I had to choose between the Samsung Bud's or the Apple airpods yes I'll take the Samsung buds in a heartbeat. If I had to choose between the Samsung Galaxy buds or let's say the Sennheiser momentum's or Bose soundsport the Jabra elites the jaybird runs or the B&O E5 or Sony extra Bass, then I'm taking one of those over the Samsung Galaxy buds all day. My man flossy Carter who reviews everything on YouTube said the Galaxy buds sound better than airpods, he said the Apple airpods are only good for phone calls that's it. Flossy Carter said the Galaxy buds aren't better than the Sennheiser momentums or Bose soundsport, Jabra elites, jaybird runs, the Sony extra Bass or B&0 E5 and others.

32. wickedwilly

Posts: 667; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Oldskool50 gave enough reasons, I could add to them but the point is already proven. They are second rate especially at their price point, you can buy better for less, that is a fact. Regarded as best in their field? What is the field, best airphones and watch that Apple makes? Yes, others offer better specific features and better more rounded products for a lower cost. I would say virtually every set of earbuds over $100 are better than airpods and even some costing less. The Galaxy Gear s3 is better than any Apple Watch. Those are the facts.

16. mackan84

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

The AirPods have a much wider register in their sound then galaxy buds. Please look at details like this before you look at a simple spec sheet

23. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

No they do not, and this has been proven. You can also see it in the speaker spec. galaxy Buds have a lower frequency range vs the AirPod. This allows for a nice amount of bass, that isn't overpowering like in Beats headphones. With Airpods, you can't even hear any bass because air takes away the quality of bass. The Airpods don't block air, so low frequencies are lost in the Air. This is why factually, AirPod only have good mid and high ranges, because these sounds carry better when you can't isolate the sound. if you ask ANY real musician to listen to music from any set of hadphones and earbuds and give them AirPods, they will laugh at you if you even think AirpOd offer any quality in sound whatsoever. AirPod are cheap Chinese made overprices earbuds, like most of them are. But at least names like Sony and Sennheiser to name a few, do try to achieve the best possible sound from a driver that is so small. I've had cheap Sony in-ear headphones that still sound better than AirPod.

27. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”There are several videos on YT from Apple fans and non-Apple fans who say the AirPod basically sound just like the Earpods.” And that’s a good news, lot of people were very skeptic for wireless Bluetooth audio earlier, but as many times people were proven wrong, they sound as good as wired earpods. So if you like earpod sound you won’t be disappointed with AirPods.

35. Vancetastic

Posts: 1103; Member since: May 17, 2017

Uh, EarPods never sounded that great...faint praise, indeed. The sound is serviceable.

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