Rumors of the imminent release of AirPods 3 surfaced in October 2019, shortly before the announcement and start of sales of AirPods Pro. In March 2019, in case you forgot, AirPods 2 came out. I’m not sure the October rumors were the first – but they were illustrated rumors. The fact that the design of AirPods 3 will be almost the same as that of AirPods Pro started talking a little later. How the same AirPods Pro and non-Pro would get along, Apple’s leak writers didn’t care. They were pissed off by Apple’s slowness. AirPods 3 were due out in the first half of 2021. Everyone even already knew what they were supposed to be. To whom AirPods 3 owed, I don’t know, now they are expected in September. And they will not be like that.
It was not possible to find out where the “reinforced concrete” information about the release of AirPods 3 in the first half of 2021 came from. None of the reliable sources of information reported this. Ming Chi Kuo and Mark Gourmet promised AirPods 3 “sometime in 2021”. In March, they got information that a new version of Apple’s wireless headphones will be released in the third quarter of this year.
The third quarter is now. Prior to the presentation of the iPhone at Apple, a moratorium on public events. AirPods of the non-Pro class, in principle, could be announced with a press release. But, judging by what has become known, the changes in AirPods 3 will be radical, and in order to convince the public of the coolness of the changes they must be shown. And the presentation of the new iPhones is likely to take place in September. At its beginning, at the warming up, apparently, AirPods 3 will appear.
How AirPods 3 will be different from the old
The version is based on messages from anonymous sources. How much their information corresponds to reality – we will find out at the presentation of AirPods 3. The design of AirPods non-Pro has not changed since 2016, it really is time to change it. Although it does not cause any complaints, it is impossible in consumer electronics without frequent design changes. According to Bloomberg, the “leg” (or “stalk”) of the new AirPods will be shorter. Because of this, they will look like AirPods Pro.
The size of the case will change – it will be smaller in height and wider. AirPods 2 is offered in two versions, with wired and wireless charging, for 15,990 and 19,990 rubles. In case the owner of AirPods 2 who bought the cheaper wired option changes his mind, the wireless charging case can be purchased separately for 7,990 rubles. In AirPods 3, the case is likely to be “universal”, with support for both charging methods. The new AirPods will not have replaceable earpads (ear pads), as in the AirPods Pro. As functions of active noise canceling and transparency mode. The EarBuds form factor, which has been around for over a decade, will be a thing of the past.
EarBuds and AirPods of the first generations are accustomed to, AirPods Pro causes severe discomfort for many users. Each person’s ears are different, many simply cannot adapt to the advanced design of AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro even if they want to. But not everyone will want this (https://appleinsider.ru/accessories/ya-ne-xochu-chtoby-airpods-3-byli- poxozhi-na-airpods-pro-a-vy.html). It’s easier to buy some other headphones. From more humane producers. And what, Apple will suddenly take and deprive itself of some of the income? This cannot be.
What AirPods 3 will be
I warn you: everything that is written in this section is assumptions and inferences. Apple may have some other measures in place. More effective, giving it a reason to once again prove to the world its intellectual superiority. The company with manic seriousness strives for the compatibility of any of its products with the widest possible range of users. At a professional level, taking into account all possible features of the anatomy of users.
But what is proposed can be useful in and of itself. Apple could keep the AirPods 2 in the lineup and offer it at a lower price point as a budget option. And the option “for those who do not want to get used to the new form factor. In addition to the budget option, the lineup would have included AirPods 3, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. Prices for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max would remain the same as now. AirPods 3 would be the same as AirPods 2 with wireless charging case, or a little more.