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Apple AirPods 3 could enter production as early as next month

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Apple’s second-generation AirPods are only six months old but the Cupertino-based giant is reportedly already hard at work on a third pair. Details are scarce at the moment but rumors suggest they’ll represent a slightly more premium offering and, if a new report is anything to go by, they could launch later this year. 

According to DigiTimes (via MacRumors), Apple’s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company’s next-generation AirPods starting next month. If true, it means a release could take place in time for the holiday season and the actual announcement may happen either later today or at the company’s expected event in late October. 

This timeline falls in line with previous comments made by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who predicted Apple would kick off mass production for its next set of AirPods during the fourth quarter of 2019 or the first quarter of 2020.

Information about what new features the AirPods 3 will offer unfortunately wasn’t provided today but Mark Gurman previously claimed Apple was working on noise cancelation and water and dust resistance. Additionally, an all-new design has been tipped in the past. 

Only time will tell what Apple has up its sleeves for its next pair of AirPods, but if an announcement is indeed planned for today, you’ll be able to watch the whole thing live here. Alternatively, stay tuned to PhoneArena for the latest Apple Special Event coverage.

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