AirPods 3 leak reveals release date window and design

AirPods 3 leak reveals release date window and design

While the name suggests they will be the successor to the current AirPods, they may in fact be the same product as the AirPods Lite, which are rumored to be a cheaper version of Apple's earbuds. The audio feed will also switch with you as you click between your iPhone and laptop, for example.

Both of these features should be coming in forthcoming firmware updates for AirPods models, although there's no date on that release as of yet.

According to an insider at the company, LG will be supplying Apple with 12.9-inch Mini-LED panels for the fifth generation iPad Pro, which will launch this later year. You will need to be signed in with the same iCloud ID on all these devices for the switching to work.

Apple also announced another exciting update to the AirPods Pro earbuds. Then if you get a call on your iPhone, AirPods will automatically switch back so you can have the calls right in your ears. Basically, this will be 3D audio to give you a more theater-like experience. Spatial audio essentially provides surround sound using advanced motion tracking and device location techniques.

So if you tilt your iPad, or your head, the earbuds will know and adjust things so that the sound always seems to come from the direction it was meant to. But you'll still be able to purchase the AirPods 2 through the holiday season.

"We estimate that the AirPods shipments in 2021 will increase by 28% YoY to 120 mn units thanks to the new iPhone 12's cancellation of in-box EarPods in 2H20 and the replacement demand of AirPods 3 in 1H21", reads Kuo's latest research note, obtained by Cult of Mac.

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