Reliable leaker: Apple’s next-generation ‘AirPods 3’ are ‘ready to ship’

Reliable leaker known as “Kang” wrote today on Chinese social media website Weibo that Apple’s next-generation “AirPods 3” are “ready to ship” with the second-generation AirPods to be discontinued.

Purported "AirPods 3" (Image: 52Audio
Purported “AirPods 3” (Image: 52Audio

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

Apple is widely rumored to be working on third-generation AirPods, with leaked images and renders suggesting that the new earphones will have a similar design as the AirPods Pro, including shorter stems. While the new AirPods may look similar to the AirPods Pro, they are not expected to feature Active Noise Cancellation…

“Kang” recently suggested that Apple plans to host an event on Tuesday, March 23, where the new AirPods and new iPad Pro could be announced…

“Kang” has a nearly perfect track record with Apple rumors, having previously leaked accurate details about iPhone 12 models, Apple Watch Series 6 models, the fourth-generation iPad Air, the HomePod mini, and many other devices in recent months.

MacDailyNews Take: Yup. “AirPods 3” are imminent.

A little birdie tells us that DigiTimes‘ “AirPods Pro Lite” are actually AirPods (3rd gen.) which offer the new shorter-stem AirPods Pro design sans active noise cancellation. — MacDailyNews, March 5, 2020

Apple already sells AirPods Pro Lite. They’re called AirPods.MacDailyNews, February 12, 2020

1 Comment

  1. I like my original (not snug) AirPods design. They are very comfortable. And I prefer they NOT block out (or “cancel”) external sounds, for safety. Before getting them, I was concerned they would fall out… I realized the reason wired EarPods (with similarly shaped buds) sometimes fall out is from of the weight and momentum of the cord. Without the wire, AirPods stay in place easily for me.

    It would be great if Apple continued to make and sell AirPods 2 with lower price, like $99. If not, I may buy final set during “while supplies last” sale.

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