The AirPods 3 might incorporate motion sensors for fitness tracking and connectivity with Apple Fitness Plus, as well as noise reduction, according to Bloomberg, which talked with people familiar with the project.
When will the Apple AirPods 3 be released? We’re expecting an upgraded set of Apple’s truly wireless earbuds, the AirPods (2019), any day now, after nearly two years have gone since the prior edition.
We’ve heard claims that components for the Apple AirPods are already being supplied to manufacturers, in addition to reports saying that a third iteration of the AirPods is absolutely in production (along with the second generation of the Apple AirPods Pro).
Apple’s 2021 iPhone 13 launch event came and went with no mention of the AirPods 3, contradicting speculation that they would be released. Instead, we saw the new iPad, new iPad mini, Apple Watch 7, and iPadOS 15.
While there were rumors of the Apple AirPods 3 crashing into the market before 2020 was out, they never materialized – and now everything is pointing to a 2021 release.
Since the original Apple AirPods launched in 2016, the true wireless earbuds have dominated the headphones market, becoming an icon of the company’s slick design customs and user-friendly technologies.
They weren’t perfect, though – and in 2019, the upgraded AirPods (or AirPods 2, if you will) were furnished with Apple’s H1 chip, which brought with it faster pairing times, longer battery, and a cool hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ feature.
These second-gen true wireless earbuds were a definite improvement upon their predecessors – but they were still easily eclipsed by the likes of the Sony WF-1000XM3, the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1, and Apple’s own AirPods Pro in 2019.
While we’re still waiting for official confirmation from Apple that it will be launching the AirPods 3 this year, here’s everything we know so far, plus a wish list of all the features we want to see from the company’s next true wireless earbuds.