The AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 will be launched by Apple in the course of 2021. With a brand new design, a latest generation chip and increased battery life on the program. Here’s what to expect and everything we know so far about Apple’s upcoming wireless headphones.
Apple is making a splash with its True Wireless Airpods wireless headphones, which already come in several versions. A success which should be further accentuated as the manufacturer has decided to no longer include earpods in the box of its iPhones, encouraging consumers to buy audio equipment themselves. A whole new generation of AirPods is expected soon with the AirPods 3, but also the AirPods Pro 2.
What release date for the AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2?
Apple never teases the arrival of its new products before their formal presentation during a keynote. But Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman is still very knowledgeable about future Apple devices, giving us an exit window. According to him, the AirPods 3 will be launched at first semester 2021. We remember that the second generation of AirPods was marketed in March 2019, it would not be surprising that Apple formalizes its new wireless headphones during its traditional event in March.
The AirPods Pro 2 could be coming end of 2021, again two years after the release of the previous generation, which had been made available at the end of October 2019.
What price for AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2?
When switching from the first to the second generation of AirPods, Apple had kept its prices. The AirPods 2 were thus sold at 179 euros alone and at 229 euros with the wireless charging box included, the same prices as for AirPods 1. We can anticipate the fact that the Cupertino company is betting on a similar strategy for AirPods 3, but also for AirPods Pro 2, knowing that the first AirPods Pro are displayed at a price of 279 euros.
Even though its products are successful, Apple has little room for maneuver in this market, as there is strong competition from well-known brands for their audio devices. If he allows himself a price increase, the AirPods 3 will cost no more than 200 euros and the AirPods Pro 2 no more than 300 euros.
What design for AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2?
The “basic” AirPods will abandon their iconic design with the long visible stem that we have known since 2016. Easily recognizable by this characteristic, the design of the AirPods will evolve to be closer to that of the AirPods Pro, with a much more stem. short and discreet. This might even be a bit shorter than the rod found on current AirPods Pro. Apple could also opt for an in-ear design, like the AirPods Pro. Other information, the AirPods 3 would come with replaceable tips. This seems to draw a line on hopes of seeing active noise reduction technology on the headphones, which will no doubt have to settle for passive noise reduction. This is hardly surprising, however, given that this is Apple’s entry level and is about not overshadowing the Pro versions.
The AirPods Pro 2 will also become more compact than their predecessors, with the complete disappearance of the famous rod here. We could find a form of “beans” approaching Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live. A form factor which should facilitate the good holding of the AirPods 2 Pro, which will always be intras, in the ear.
What autonomy for the AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2?
The AirPods Pro and AirPods 2 both feature the same H1 chip, which is expected to be phased out next year. A new in-house solution will be offered for the AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods 3 in terms of chipset. We do not yet know its name, but it should help improve the audio quality, speed and quality of the wireless connection, and why the possibilities offered by Siri.
We also expect better autonomy on the new generation of AirPods and AirPods Pro, and the method seems clear to achieve this: the new chipset, more energy efficient. Apple is unlikely to fit a more generous battery pack into its headphones as it seeks to make them more compact.