In 2021 we can expect the next generation of AirPods. A photo of the AirPods 3 has already been leaked: the design will change for the first time. Still, the design looks familiar to us.
AirPods 3 design leaked
The first AirPods (€ 145) date from 2016. Last year the second generation and an advanced model, the AirPods Pro (€ 239). The Japanese website MacOtakara has now posted a photo of the AirPods 3, showing one AirPod. At 52audio.com you can see an image showing the same design. A rounder head, shorter stems: the AirPods 3 therefore look suspiciously like the current AirPods Pro, something that was also discussed in previous rumors.
The regular AirPods will soon be a bit more Pro, but will not necessarily get Pro functions. Thus, the noise reduction and transparency mode remain exclusive to the Pro models. A new design is also expected for the next AirPods Pro. The stems will probably disappear completely – only the ear cushions remain. We expect the regular AirPods in early 2021, the Pro version in the autumn.
Even more speculation about the AirPods
Apple would plan to expand the AirPods range even further. For example, we are working on over-ear headphones, which are currently called AirPods Studio. This would appear in a sports edition and as a more luxurious variant. The ear cups are said to be interchangeable so you can adapt them to your own style. Compare it with the interchangeable bands of the Apple Watch.