It seems that we could see the AirPods 3 arriving in late 2021 after all. According to a new report from DigiTimes (via MacRumors), Apple’s third generation of wireless earbuds is still on track to be unveiled before 2022. .
According to DigiTimes sources, “Apple is likely to launch new AirPods models by the end of 2021, but may not introduce new TWS.” [true wireless stereo] devices with major spec updates. ”This comes shortly after a previous DigiTimes report stating that the AirPods 3’s design has reportedly been finalized and the earphones have already entered mass production.
Previously, we had no information on the possible release date, however we are now looking at a period from October to December.
And the timeline actually corresponds to some of the previous rumors and leaks that we covered earlier this year. While the September event is long gone, there are still claims that Apple might be gearing up for more events scheduled through December of this year. This would certainly make a lot of sense, as a handful of devices such as the MacBook Pro 2021 and AirPods 3 have yet to be announced.
Initially, the AirPods 3 were expected to appear during Apple’s September event alongside the iPhone 13 lineup. However, despite speculation, the event did not feature any audio-related hardware announcements.
“Although the new AirPods did not make it to launch in September, sources are still expecting the wearable device to debut before the end of the year shopping season begins as Apple has seen its share of the TWS headset market drop.” said a previous DigiTimes. report.
The AirPods 3 are expected to be the next addition to Apple’s family of headphones since the debut of the AirPods Pro. The new generation AirPods are rumored to have a handful of significant updates compared to the existing AirPods 2, such as a design. Compact similar to AirPods Pro, active noise cancellation, better battery life, and overall improved sound quality.
As such, it appears that the AirPods 3 may be a slightly toned down version of the AirPods Pro. However, it is not yet clear whether the new AirPods will get the rumored silicone tips, as various versions and supposedly leaked images do not appear to include them.
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