A new leaked photo has emerged online, and it looks like what appears to be the AirPods 3. The design is similar to the AirPods Pro launched as the company’s flagship TWS earbuds.
This new photo comes from 52Audio, which previously said the AirPods 3 could very well be active noise cancelling earbuds from Apple, refuting what a Bloomberg report said earlier. Yet, 52Audio had shared several images that it claimed showed various components of the AirPods 3; however, later, it was proven that these images were fake.
The AirPods 3 in the photo take the cue from the AirPods Pro, which is why the earbuds have silicone ear tips, a smaller stem, and oval-shaped pods that have an in-ear fitting. The leak also suggests the third-generation AirPods will come with pressure equalisers, which will be similar to what we have on the AirPods Pro. This pressure-relieving system equalises the pressure with the ears to reduce the discomfort that the air pressure may be creating over an extended period of usage. This report also suggests there will be active noise cancellation on the AirPods 3, but a whole lot of other rumours have pointed out that the ANC is likely to be restricted to the Pro line of Apple’s wearables. Previous models such as AirPods and AirPods 2 did not come with ANC.
Another interesting bit that the photo seems to reveal is the change in the charging case’s design. Unlike the one that is bundled with the AirPods Pro, AirPods 3 is slightly less comprehensive, somewhat matching the previous two models’ creation in the regular line. But there will be an LED indicator on the charging case that will inform the user when the charging is underway and the information related to the pairing of the AirPods with an iPhone. The touch controls on the AirPods 3 are also said to be identical to those on the AirPods Pro.
According to the leak, each earbud will have a touch control interface on the entire upper body, instead of just single and double taps supported on the first- and second-generation AirPods. This means the AirPods 3 will support several functions and can prove to be helpful when summoning Siri.
AirPods 3 is said to come with support for spatial audio, something that only the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max support right now. If this rumour holds any water, we might be seeing the first model in the AirPods line to come with the spatial audio feature. According to the leak, there will be no improvement to the battery life on the AirPods 3 on the downside. The third-generation AirPods are said to deliver five hours of continuous audio playback that is also true for the second-generation AirPods, meaning actual bump-up. This goes opposite the Bloomberg report that claimed the AirPods 3 would have an improved battery life beyond the regular five hours of audio playback.
The AirPods 3 are highly expected to arrive in March.