When will the AirPods 3 be released?

Apple did not officially announce any launch event or dates for the new AirPods yet, but there’s speculation that they might be unveiled on May 18. The AirPods Pro and AirPods Max were both announced in press releases, so it wouldn’t be an excessive amount of a surprise if Apple did an equivalent with the AirPods 3.

It is sensible for AirPods 3 to debut at an equivalent $159 price because the current AirPods. But it’s unclear if there’ll be a $199 wireless charging case version also, or if that case would be the quality option.


Many other excellent Bluetooth earbuds exist, but AirPods are still impressively instant and have specialized microphones. Plus, having the ability to swap from one ear to a different one has helped me extend battery life by one-earing my way through long meetings.

Apple added spatial audio in 2020, and therefore the massively expensive AirPods Max arrived with a special proposition (I prefer small earbuds, not big headphones), so what is going to bring the AirPods 3? And what do I even want? On behalf of me, it’s mostly about better connection.


According to the latest reports, the third-gen AirPods will appear as the Pros, minus the active noise cancellation and spatial audio features that suggests they’ll have shorter stems and have replaceable ear tips in different sizes.


AirPods 3: Design

I appreciate the AirPod Pro design and its not highly visible look, but I even have mixed feelings about the eartips. The deeper in ear feels sealed for better noise blocking. 

I appreciate the better and more pass through friendly design of the originals for casual call monitoring. Maybe Apple will split the difference somehow.

AirPods Pro Lite could also find itself being costlier than the second-gen AirPods, which isn’t ideal in the least. Maybe they’d deliver better sound or better battery life to make the possible price bump worthwhile.

I want AirPods to device-swap even more effortlessly

Apple’s latest iOS 14 and large Sur OS updates have helped AirPods hook up with Apple devices faster, but I still find that I even have to double-check that AirPods are paired during a Zoom or FaceTime. 

I don’t just want to modify whatever device I’m using, though: I would like to actively switch as I multitask, or maybe blend sources. I check out my phone, laptop, even a TV at an equivalent time. I’d like to tap-select to swap, or even use my head orientation as a way for the AirPods to somehow sense what device I’m using. Apple’s latest devices have U1 chips which will spatially recognize where other Apple devices are. confine mind, even the expensive AirPods Max do not have a U1 chip, so less costly AirPods aren’t likely to, either but it’s a stimulating thought.

Or I’d even love how to combine sources (a feed from my laptop, video from my iPhone). Apple already mixes ambient outside noise with one audio source with Transparency could it go further? Or could Apple adopt more intelligent audio analysis of ambient noise and adjust what you’re taking note of to spice up treble or bass or spoken voices?

AirPods 3 fitness features.

Airpods 3: AirPods fitness features.

Apple just launched its own Fitness Plus workout subscription service, which needs an Apple Watch. AirPods are a crucial piece of the Apple Watch-music-workout triangle, but thus far the Airpods’ built-in tap controls are pretty limiting, and lack positional awareness.

Adding more shortcuts or tap gestures for workouts and activity monitoring might be smart, and wouldn’t it be possible for AirPods to acknowledge when you’re beginning to run or exercise? The AirPods Pro have gyros and accelerometers that would unlock more movement and positional awareness.  AirPods Pro of next generation might push into this territory more but hopefully the third-gen AirPods will, too.

It’s unlikely that Apple will add actual health-tracking sensors, like step counting or pulse, to the AirPods. But the AirPods and Apple Watch should form even more of a symbiotic pair. pulse and fitness readings, maybe even deeper watch control with AirPods commands. But it should be noted that ears are a reasonably good place to live.

We’ll know more about Airpods 3 later this year, probably

Battery life, audio performance and fitness are logical places to specialise in. But I hope they find how to be better, more reliable connect-to-everything wearables, too.

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