Every major difference we expect to see


Apple’s September iPhone 13 event could be right around the corner, which means we might also be seeing the AirPods 3 soon enough. Rumors and reports suggest that a refreshed version of the standard AirPods (yes, the ones with the long stems) could launch in 2021, and Apple’s annual product launch event seems like the ideal time to do it.



a close up of a toy: The AirPods 3 could have a new design that resembles the AirPods Pro. Angela Lang/CNET


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The AirPods 3 could have a new design that resembles the AirPods Pro. Angela Lang/CNET

If the rumors prove true, the new AirPods will be a lot more like the high-end AirPods Pro. Likely to be called the AirPods 3, Apple’s next true wireless earbuds could feature a new design with shorter stems, interchangeable ear tips, a new Apple chip, and a smaller charging case.

That could make deciding between the standard AirPods and AirPods Pro all the more difficult.  There’s no way to truly know what to expect from the AirPods 3 until Apple unveils them. And we also don’t know whether they’ll be priced the same as the current entry-level AirPods. But here’s a look at how they could compare to the AirPods Pro based on the reports, leaks, and rumors so far.



a close up of a toy: The AirPods 3 could have a new design that resembles the AirPods Pro.


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The AirPods 3 could have a new design that resembles the AirPods Pro.


Design: The AirPods 3 could look like the AirPods Pro, but with some slight differences.

Among the biggest changes reportedly coming to the AirPods 3 is a revamped design that more closely resembles that of the AirPods Pro. Last year, Bloomberg and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) have both reported that Apple’s entry-level AirPods will gain a new look with shorter stems and replaceable ear tips. Since then, we’ve also seen a couple of leaks indicating the same. 

Chinese audio blog 52 Audio posted a photo in February claiming to show what the AirPods 3 look like. Twitter account Leaks Apple Pro also posted a photo in March that many have speculated could be the AirPods 3.

In both photos, you’ll notice that the earbuds have significantly shorter stems much like the AirPods Pro. Although they look a lot more like the Pros, the photos suggest there will still be some visual differences between both models. 



This image from 52audio claims to show what the AirPods 3 look like. 52audio


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