Noise cancellation for undisturbed working, better waterproofing and a new color: these are our expectations of the AirPods 3.
AirPods 3 expectations
The first AirPods came out in 2016 and three years later it was time for a small upgrade. The AirPods 2 (from 2019) can handle “Hey Siri” and the charging case can be supplied with power wirelessly.
The really big improvements only came with the AirPods Pro, when, for example, the sound quality improved considerably. The rumors now indicate that the new AirPods will look more like the Pro earbuds. These are our AirPods 3 expectations.
1. Noise cancellation
The big improvement that should distinguish the AirPods 3 from its predecessors is the support for noise canceling, or noise suppression. This blocks the ambient noise, so that you are less bothered by the people or vehicles around you, for example.
The earbuds filter out ambient noise because one microphone continuously monitors outside noise, and one microphone keeps an eye on your ear. In this way, it is continuously checked whether the ambient noise is efficiently filtered out.
At the same time, noise-canceling ensures that you do not have to turn up the volume as high to maintain good sound, and it takes less effort to discover subtle details in the music. This feature can already be found in the AirPods Pro, and several rumors indicate that the AirPods 3 will also receive noise canceling.
2. Improved water resistance
AirPods are popular earplugs for sports because they don’t get in the way when you are actively moving. The problem is, they aren’t as waterproof as some competitive sports earbuds. That is difficult, for example when you sweat a lot.
Hopefully, Apple will improve the waterproofing, so that the earbuds are more resistant to water and sweat. This is also useful for, for example, people who go for a run in the rain.
The AirPods Pro are now sweated and water-resistant, a feature that we may see in the AirPods 3. Incidentally, do not expect that you can jump into the pool with the Apple earplugs in. The waterproofing is not that good either.
3. New color
You can order almost all Apple products in multiple colors, but AirPods are always white. On the one hand, this gives the earbuds a very recognizable appearance, but on the other hand, it would not be a wrong addition to, for example, order black AirPods.
In addition, a fresh color gives Apple the opportunity to distinguish the AirPods 3 from the first and second generation. This is not a strange thought, because the company did the same with the iMac Pro. The former is available in space gray.
4. Health sensors
Tech companies are increasingly concerned with health, as is Apple (for example with the Apple Watch 6 ). Several patents show that the Cupertino company plans to incorporate multiple health sensors into its earplugs.
For example, your ear cup is an excellent place to measure your heart rate. This information can then be passed on to your iPhone. Health sensors in the AirPods are especially useful for people who don’t have an Apple Watch, because Apple’s watch already has some sensors, such as a heart rate monitor.
5. AirPods 3 Higher price
Although the second-generation AirPods are no more expensive than the original (unless you bought a wireless charging case), chances are you will have to pay more for the AirPods 3. With all the improvements above, this is clearly a more high-end model of the earbuds.
We, therefore, expect Apple to continue to sell the AirPods 2 when these new earbuds come on the market. Just like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, you then have a choice between an entry-level and high-end model. It is still unclear what the price will be exactly, but we are betting on an amount between 250 euros and 300 euros.
6. AirPods 3 Same design as AirPods Pro
According to the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the AirPods 3 will have a completely different design than their predecessors. The earbuds would follow the AirPods Pro’s new design. That means that they get silicone attachments and the case will also be different.
According to Kuo, the case of the AirPods 3 will receive the same ‘System in Package’ technology, making it more compact and has the same features as the rechargeable case of the AirPods Pro. According to Kuo, the AirPods 3 just continue to have the characteristic ‘stem’ to easily remove them from your ears. The new AirPods can of course also handle Siri.
7. Disclosure early 2021?
When will the AirPods 3 come out? The honest answer is no one really knows. Several rumors contradict each other. One claims the earbuds will be in stores this year, but most sources think the AirPods 3 will be released in the first half of 2021.
More about AirPods
Currently, you can buy two types of AirPods. In addition to the AirPods 2, the company also sells the AirPods Pro. The latter came out at the end of 2019 and has been improved in all areas and is packed with smart and useful features, such as a built-in fit test and multiple sound modes.