02 April 2021
Update: March 26, 2021
A new report has emerged that also states Apple AirPods 3 are likely to launch in the third quarter, which runs from July to September. So, it can be launched during this timeframe only. The report comes from DigiTimes that has cited industry sources. According to the report, Taiwanese supplier ASE Technology has started production of optical sensors for the next-gen AirPods slated to launch in the third quarter of 2021.
Original Post (March 15, 2021)
Apple’s next-gen AirPods could take some time to launch, this is according to the very famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. As per his investor note obtained by MacRumors, Apple is unlikely to push the AirPods 3 into production until the third quarter of this year. This further reflects that the AirPods 3 might not ship until later this year or we might see them getting launched with the new iPhone models instead.
There have been mixed reports on Apple’s March event. Some tipsters believe Apple might show up with its March 23rd event and there are others that are quite bullish that such an event is not scheduled for this month.
Kuo also notes that Apple is in dilemma about its AirPods 2 production. If it keeps the price of the AirPods 2 low, it can affect the AirPods 3 demand. He states that Apple is looking at a counterbalance so that the change does not affect AirPods 3.
Kuo also shared that Apple shipped around 90 million AirPods in 2020 and he believes that it will fall to about 78 million for 2021.
In related coverage, a couple of days back we saw a leak showing AirPods 3 in images.
The leak is coming from 52Audio, the same source that leaked the AirPods 3 last time as well. Previously, the site showed us the TWS earbuds almost from every angle, except the shot of an opened case, which it has shared now. The new image specifically highlights the shape of the case and how it looks when it is open. The hollow encasing where the head of the earbuds touches is different from the previous offerings.
Previously, in one of its images, the leaker put the earbuds and its case next to the previous generation AirPods, asking users how the new case looks from inside. And, now in its new leak, the leaker is giving that answer.
Overall, the AirPods 3 case looks a bit larger than the AirPods Pro but the shape is pretty much the same. The earbuds now look sleeker and have a shorter stem as well. The headroom for these earbuds inside the case is also pretty thin compared to the past casing.