As Apple readies itself to introduce its iPhone 13 line up this year, another product may be awaiting launch. Many reports speculate the debut of the third-generation AirPods, AirPods 3 at the launch event.
New reports shed light on the industrial side of things for the next-gen AirPods. While a previous report suggested that the third-generation AirPods will go into production in August, the new piece of information talks of the components needed for it.
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A recent DigiTimes report, as spotted by MacRumors, states that shipments of some components of the AirPods have already begun in “small volumes.” The report highlights the components as flexible Printed Circuit Boards or FPCBs and SiP modules.
The word is, the focus is currently on the production of the battery module of the next iPhone along with the Apple Watch taking up another considerable chunk of attention. This has led to a delay in the next gen of AirPods, which were rumoured to debut early on, this year.
Information about Apple AirPods has been scarce, despite the occasional leaks and rumours. However, a high-quality live image that surfaced online on July 24 indicated that the AirPods 3 will bear a striking resemblance to the silicon-tipped, stemmed design of the AirPods Pro.
Not only would the appearance be inspired by the current Pros, AirPods 3 would also supposedly borrow certain features from them.
The leak from 52audio back in February claimed to show the third-generation earbuds with a shorter stem, so overall the design looks more like the AirPods Pro. They may also have the interchangeable silicon tip, providing a much more secure fit. While the AirPods Pro have clickable stems, the AirPods 3 may have touch surfaces for interacting with the earbuds.
Although they will support spatial audio, the upcoming AirPods may not have active noise cancellation.
With a similar battery life, the new AirPods can be expected to come in a charging case that lands somewhere in between the two cases we know, almost a square.
Official word from the company is awaited.