Apple AirPods 3: Price, release date, features, and more

The AirPods 3 rumor mill churns out insider details and supposedly leaked information from every corner these days. While Apple has yet to officially announce its third-generation AirPods, trusted analysts and reliable leakers are giving us plenty of reasons to believe we’ll be seeing the next iteration of the popular truly wireless earbuds soon.

Apple’s current second-generation AirPods arguably remain the best earbuds on the market thanks to their affordable price (by Apple standards) and great battery life when compared to other buds — including the AirPods Pro. If the ongoing rumors are anything to go by, the AirPods 3 are expected to get a design overhaul and may even feature one of the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max’s best features: active noise cancellation (ANC). The hype is real. 

We’ve scoured the internet to bring you all the reliable rumors and leaks about the AirPods 3. Take a look below at everything we know so far, including the potential release date, price, features and more. 

Apple AirPods 3 price

The AirPods 2 ‘s retail price is set at $149/£159 ($199/£199 with wireless charging case). While this price isn’t the most budget-friendly when compared to other earbuds like the Google Pixel Buds A-Series, Apple’s most affordable option is popular for a good reason. With the AirPods Pro priced at $249/£249, the next-gen AirPods are expected to be considerably cheaper, possibly costing the same as the second-gen earbuds. 

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Korean news outlet The Elec reported last year that the AirPods 3 (which were dubbed “AirPods Pro Lite”) without ANC would arrive in the first half of 2021 priced at “20% cheaper than the AirPods Pro.” This would come out to be $199/£199. While the release date window didn’t turn out to be true, we suspect the AirPods 3 to be similarly priced — much like the AirPods 2’s current price with a wireless charging case.

With the potential of additional features, including ANC and spatial audio, the AirPods 3 are anticipated to be pricier than its older models. However, we don’t expect it to come close to the AirPods Pro. 

Apple AirPods 3 release date 

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes mass production of the third-generation AirPods will take place in the third quarter of 2021, which means the new earbuds won’t be released in the first half of this year, as once predicted. This report came days after design renders of the AirPods 3 were released earlier in 2021. 

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According to a recent report from DigiTimes, Kuo might have hit the nail on the head. Multiple Apple suppliers have reportedly started shipping components for the next-generation earbuds. What’s more, they’re expected to ship with other anticipated Apple products.

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