New developments reported by DigiTimes seem to confirm without a doubt that we’ll be seeing the AirPods 3 (or rather, the successor to the AirPods 2nd generation, whatever you want to call them) later this very year.
A Bloomberg report earlier had already told us to expect the third generation of AirPods in later 2021, although Apple had only left us guessing in both its Sprint Loaded and WWDC events this year. Now it’s essentially certain, if DigiTimes’ industry sources are reliable.
And while some early design renders showed silicone tips present on the AirPods 3, the latest live photos from audio tech site 52Audio have shown an in-ear design just like the first- and second-gen AirPods.
There will be no active noise cancellation, just like the 1st and 2nd generation AirPods, but that was to be expected—Apple is saving that for the AirPods Pro, it seems. (Apple is also working on incorporating fitness tracking into next year’s AirPods Pro.)
The charging case for the third-gen AirPods maintains its very pocketable form factor, but will be short and wide, more like the AirPods Pro in design.