Apple’s wireless headphones 2021 are missing a few big features

Apple's wireless headphones 2021 are missing a few big features

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  • The third generation Apple AirPods.

Apple’s third generation AirPods were a highlight of Apple’s “Unleashed” event in October, which also included a redesigned MacBook Pro line that brings back multiple ports and high end M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

That said, $ 179 is still a lot to buy on wireless headphones, and if you’re looking outside of Apple, it’s easy to find headphones with comparable features – often for less. While Apple’s AirPods connect seamlessly to Apple devices, consider alternatives when splitting your headphone time between an iPhone and a non-Apple device like a Windows PC or a Nintendo Switch. Other manufacturers can provide you with better support for these devices.

The $ 179 AirPods 3 (£ 169, AUD 279) aims to strike the middle ground between the $ 129 Second Generation AirPods, which are going on sale, and the AirPods Pro for $ 249. It contains Spatial audio Support with head tracking, sweat and water resistance, a MagSafe Compatible Wireless Charging Case and a six-hour battery life that outperforms previous generations and the AirPods Pro.

Let’s highlight a few features to keep in mind when deciding whether to buy the new AirPods 3.


The third generation AirPods are available in one color: white. It’s the same color as the second generation AirPods and AirPods Pro, but Apple has been pushing color across its entire line of products recently. the $ 549 AirPods Max is available in five colors (space gray, silver, pink, green and sky blue) and the 2021 iMac line is available in seven colors, depending on the desired design.

Apple did a big deal with the release of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini in purple in the spring and it is Beats Studio Buds come in black, white and red. Discover the latest news and top reviews on smartphones and cellular carriers from CNET’s cellular experts.

So it’s a bit strange that Apple isn’t catching up with its wireless headphones in 2021. If color is particularly important to you, the various Galaxy Buds headphones from Samsung seem to come in almost every color. Depending on the model, you can find them in the colors red, blue, purple, green, gray, black and white. However, it is likely that this generation of AirPods will spend years in the market, and perhaps Apple could later offer them in hues like the pink, blue, midnight, and product red of the iPhone 13.

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