Apple AirPods are among the most popular earbuds around, but when will the next version- AirPods 3 – release?
The AirPods 3 are likely to be a must-have accessory for any of the best phones in 2021. Given Apple shipped almost 60 million AirPods in 2019 according to estimates, it's unlikely the AirPods will go away soon.
Here’s what to expect with the AirPods 3.
AirPods 3 Release Date
Apple has yet to confirm the release date of its AirPods 3 – or even their existence. However, one recent report does point towards a late-2021 release, likely competing with both the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and OnePlus Buds Pro.
According to DigiTimes, manufacturers for Apple are also currently producing AirPods 3 alongside other upcoming Apple devices, such as the iPhone 13 – slated for release in September 2021. This suggests the AirPods 3 may release at the same time as the new iPhone.
DigiTimes have since reported further on the AirPods 3, stating its sources "believe the new AirPods will have a good chance to be debuted at Apple's product launch in the second half of the year."
This similarly lines up with reports from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst stated the new earbuds would start production in Q3 2021.
However, as with rumours about the iOS 15 release date, these reports must be treated lightly. Kuo previously claimed the AirPods 3 may release in the earlier stages of the year, only for this to not happen.
This is not the only rumour to have fallen flat. Previous rumours suggested the AirPods 3 may launch at either the Apple Spring Loaded or WWDC 2021 events, only for neither to feature the buds.
AirPods Pro 2 Release Date
Believe it or not, the AirPods 3 are not the only Apple earbuds allegedly in production.
Rumours also suggest Apple is to release the AirPods Pro 2 - a new version of its original AirPods Pro (rather than a Pro version of the AirPods 2).
Prioritising fitness tracking and enhanced motion sensors, the AirPods Pro 2 are suggested to be launching in early 2022, after the release of the AirPods 3 (via Bloomberg).
AirPods 3 Latest News and Leaks
The latest news on the AirPods 3 comes courtesy of Twitter user @dylandkt. He claimed the upcoming AirPods will include different tip sizes and introduce a new charging case to become the standard for the whole range.
However, unconfirmed images of the AirPods shared online suggest this may not be the case, with the AirPods 3 continuing the standard aesthetic of their predecessors.
As we noted above, the AirPods 3 have been subject to a lot of rumours that haven't come off - such as a Q2 release alongside the Apple Music HiFi upgrade. This makes it harder to verify whether these leaks are rumours are accurate or not.
We’ll keep this page updated whenever there’s more news or any confirmation from Apple regarding the AirPods 3.
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