AirPods 3 weren’t announced alongside the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 at Apple’s September event. But we might still see them coming later this year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says he expects new AirPods to arrive by the end of 2021. If the rumors prove true, the next-gen AirPods will feature an AirPods Pro-like design with shorter stems, interchangeable ear tips, a new chip, and a smaller charging case.
According to Bloomberg, which spoke with people familiar with the plans, the AirPods 3 could include motion sensors for fitness tracking and integration with Apple Fitness Plus, along with noise reduction.
We’re also expecting to see support for spatial audio and better battery life, as well as a design similar to the AirPods Pro with shorter stems.
We’re also hoping there’s a chance that the AirPods 3 will have outright active noise cancellation similar to the AirPods Pro – but unfortunately that hasn’t shown up in any of the reports we’ve seen so far.
The report comes by way of Digitimes, and claims that the next true wireless earbuds have a finalized design and are in production. The report stops short of giving us an exact release date or price for the earbuds, but seems to suggest that they’ll be available before the end of the year and only cost slightly more than the AirPods’ current $159 / £159 / AU$229 sticker price.