28 October 2019
Update: October 3, 2019
A small image or consider it an icon of the alleged AirPods 3 has been found in the iOS 13.2, hinting at the possible design. (The image is similar to what has been shared in the original post). It's actually found in the component of the system related to accessibility settings, suggesting that it may also be used as hearing aids. Also, according to other references found in the OS, the new AirPods will have different listening modes, with or without noise-canceling, and this is being addressed as "focus mode" in the system.
Apple is expected to announce the new AirPods 3 at its special event which will happen later this year.
Original Post (September 9, 2019)
It was expected that Apple’s iPhone 11 event on September 10 would introduce some more hardware as well but it was rather a subdued one and whatever shared at the event was nothing lesser than incremental upgrades. So, while we do like the improved iPhone models, we don’t like that nothing breakthrough was announced. A few things like Tile-like accessory was expected to be launched but it just didn’t happen.
Nevertheless, Apple certainly has more products in its launch pipeline and they should be coming at their set timeframes like always. Take for instance the AirPods, the next-generation of the audio accessory which should get launched next year in March, if we look at AirPods 2 that got launched this year. But it appears the first-ever leak on the AirPods 3 is already here. However, don’t get carried away the leaked image doesn’t offer anything.
Slashleaks, the leaks aggregator site has shared an image from contributor Leakspinner that mentions it to be the AirPods 3. The only thing which we could deem is the size of the case which is looking smaller than AirPods 2. The image shows the Airpods case is sitting on a smartphone.
This is natural that a smaller case will house smaller accessory and this is what the second image of the bunch is representing as well. The image shows the smaller wireless earbuds as well. This reflects Apple is looking to bring a better fit for your comfort. No other details have been shared, although the source describes it to be a prototype.
Well, at this point of time, this alleged AirPods 3 prototype looks quite vague and we shouldn’t bet on it and rather look for some substantial proofs to come.
Just expect the AirPods 3 to come with regular upgrades and performance improvements. The AirPods 2 has an updated H1 chip for better connectivity. There’s also hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality. Furthermore, there’s an optional Wireless Charging Case available as well that enables Qi-based wireless charging. So, we expect to see better things with the upcoming AirPods 3.