Which AirPods earbuds should you buy – the newest pair or the one with noise-cancelling?
The Apple AirPods 3 are official! After months of speculation Apple has taken the wraps off its next-generation wireless earbuds – but how do they compare to the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro that launched back in 2019?
The new AirPods 3 might sit below the AirPods Pro in Apple’s wireless earbuds line-up, but the newer buds aren’t short of interesting features. So, which AirPods are best for you? Find out as we pit the new AirPods 3 against the AirPods Pro in a no-holds-barred head-to-head…
The new AirPods 3 cost £169 ($179, AU$279), which is considerably less than the AirPods Pro’s £249 ($249, AU$399) and Apple’s first over-ear headphones, the AirPods Max, which cost £549 ($549, AU$899).
Apple AirPods 3 vs AirPods Pro: price
The Apple AirPods Pro launched in October 2019 for £249/$249/AU$399 but the price fluctuates throughout the year, especially around the time of big sales events such as Black Friday.
You’ll find the current best prices for the AirPod Pro headphones below but if you’re on a budget, the AirPods 3 are almost certainly going to be the cheaper option here.
The AirPods 3 vs. AirPods Pro differences are important to know if you’re interested in buying a pair of Apple’s wireless earbuds. The new AirPods 3 ($179) might look more like the AirPods Pro ($249) than the second-generation AirPods, but not all the features are the same.
For one, the AirPods 3 don’t have active noise cancellation or fitted ear tips. But they do get some of the AirPods Pro listening perks like Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. The newer buds also offer a battery life boost, plus sweat- and water-resistance. What makes AirPods 3 different from AirPods Pro?
AirPods Pro are considered some of the best wireless earbuds you can buy. We haven’t tested AirPods 3 yet, so we can’t compare sound performance between the two pairs of buds. But can call out the key specs to know in Apple’s updated AirPods lineup. Positioned between the second-generation AirPods and the premium AirPods Max, here’s how the AirPods 3 vs. AirPods Pro compare in terms of price, design, features, battery life and more.