Apple introduced the first AirPods in 2016 and received a lot of ridicule. In the meantime, the wireless headphones are an absolute success – which has found many imitators. Now a successor is finally here.
There have already been reports for more than a year that the third generation of Apple AirPods – also called AirPods 3 – will still be released in 2021. The company unveiled the headphones at its October event.
AirPods 3 in a new look
The second generation of AirPods has already been on the market since March 2019. In the meantime, the higher-priced AirPods Pro and AirPods Max have already been released. The AirPods 3 are visually more like the AirPods Pro. Not only do they have an elongated case and a shorter stem. Accordingly, the charging case has also grown in width and shrunk in height. From the outside, the AirPods 3 are thus hardly distinguishable from the AirPods Pro. However, they are not in-ears, which should please many users.
Many feature of the AirPods Pro for less money.
As suspected in advance, the AirPods 3 not only got the design of the AirPods Pro, but also some of the “Pro” features:
- Spatial Audio: The headphones create a three-dimensional sound field together with the phone. Sounds in movies that support 3D audio then sound as if from the right direction. Voices sound from where they are in relation to the user’s head. The iPhone or iPad and the Airpods use their position sensors to locate the device and head in relation to each other.
- Adaptive EQ: AirPods 3 have inward-facing microphones that scan the shape of your ears and automatically adjust the music to match. The equalizer changes frequencies in real time to create the optimal sound for each song.
- Force sensor: As in the AirPods Pro, the control is done via the stems of the AirPods 3 and no longer via touch surfaces. Playing, pausing, skipping, and answering and ending calls are all possible via squeezing the stems together.
- IPX4: The latest generation of AirPods are water and sweat resistant to IPX4 standard. That means they are resistant to splashing water, but cannot be immersed in water.
As atechbook had expected in advance, the new AirPods did not get active noise-cancelling (ANC). This feature is thus reserved for the higher-priced Pro model. The new AirPods 3 cost 199 euros in Germany and can already be ordered. They will be available from October 26. This makes AirPods 3 80 Euros cheaper than AirPods Pro.
AirPods 3 bring some innovations
According to Apple, the AirPods 3 will have up to six hours of battery life just in the headphones themselves. That means they last an hour longer than their predecessors and an hour and a half longer than the AirPods Pro. The charging case also holds 24 more hours, or four more charging cycles. With just five minutes of charging, the AirPods 3 get enough juice for an hour of music playback. Speaking of charging: The new AirPods are the first to be able to charge with the MagSafe wireless puck.