AirPods 3 to launch late 2019, report says

Ruben Fields
April 25, 2019

Apple is reportedly set to release its third-generation AirPods for sales by the end of 2019, with the new wireless earphones to incorporate a noise cancellation function.

"We are positive on the demand for AirPods and Apple's leading position in the true wireless stereo (TWS) market, and estimate AirPods shipments will reach 52mn and 75-85mn units in 2019 and 2020, respectively."
Such was the case today when we caught wind of the new Apple AirPods 3 in a report corroborated by analysts. Industry specialists agree that noise cancelling earphones, earbuds, and headphones, use more power than those lacking this feature, so it will be interesting to see how Apple solves the battery life problem. Presumably, this means more new features, but again, the report is running scarce in the details departments.

While active noise cancellation is a common feature in many on-ear headphones, adding it to small earbuds will make for an innovative technical challenge for Apple, since the feature traditionally consumes more power, and requires additional properly placed microphones to pick up ambient noise in order to cancel it out.

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This would also seem to line up with earlier rumours that seemed to conflict based on when new color options for AirPods would be coming - if Apple does in fact have two nearly identically-designed models of AirPods in the works, it's easy to see how sources could be confusing the two. One of the models will replace the existing 2nd gen AirPods and carry the same price tag as it. Taiwan's Inventec is expected to be the main assembler of AirPods 3, with some orders going to Luxshare Precision - the two suppliers now share AirPods 2 orders. It will feature the same design, as well as the same price point as the existing ones.

It sounds as though Apple is starting to think about the AirPods a lot like iPhones.

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