Following leaks of images that were supposed to be the AirPods 3, more information about Apple’s third-generation AirPods has been unofficially released to the public. The latest available information on what the new AirPods have to offer says that the device is not going to include active noise cancellation. The AirPods Pro before it had active noise cancellation, but it seems like at the expense of active noise cancellation, Apple has decided to go more in favor of Spatial Audio for the AirPods 3, a feature that can also be found in the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
On February 20, 2021, a Chinese audio blog named 52Audio leaked images of what the AirPods 3 is expected to look like. The images shared a striking resemblance with the AirPods Pro. The AirPods 3 will have a shorter stem than the AirPods 2, just like the AirPods Pro does. As opposed to the single-tap and double-tap features we had on the AirPods 1 and AirPods 2, Apple’s third-generation AirPods go a few steps further to feature pressure-sensitive controls at the stems - once again, just like the AirPods Pro.
The leaked images suggest that the AirPods 3 will have replaceable in-ear silicone buds at the tips, and a pressure relief chamber. These are supposed to make the new AirPods more comfortable for wearers than its predecessors, the original AirPods and AirPods 2. The expected battery life for this new device is predicted to be about 5 hours on a full charge.
In terms of pricing, all indicators point to a $150 price tag on the AirPods 3. This price is mostly speculative, but it is also in line with Apple’s pricing history with the AirPods so we see a high probability of pretty much the same this time around. The AirPods 3 are expected to hit markets all around the world in March.