It would appear as though Apple has a lot more planned for this Fall other than the iPhone 13 launch. A new report suggests that mass production of the AirPods 3 will begin sometime in August. This could potentially lead to a launch alongside the iPhone 13, which would not come as much of a surprise.
A new model of AirPods has been rumored for the past year or so, as the AirPods Pro is going on two years old at this point. The standard AirPods have not been refreshed since 2019, leading to much speculation. The AirPods 3 were rumored to launch at Apple’s Spring event, but those were unfounded.
As for expectations, these new AirPods are likely to adopt the design of the AirPods Pro. However, Apple will introduce shorter stems along with silicone tips for a better in-ear fit. This would spell the end of the original AirPods design that helped Apple’s headphones become as popular as they have become.
While the AirPods 3 could adopt the design of the AirPods Pro, there are some features that will not make the transition. These include Active Noise Cancellation, as Apple would leave that for the Pro version of its popular headphones. There are some rumors suggesting that the AirPods Pro could be updated, following a design closer to the Beats Studio Buds.
Coming this Fall
It’s going to be a busy Fall for Apple. We’re not only expecting to see the iPhone 13 lineup, but we’re also looking forward to a redesigned MacBook Pro. Given that the 24-inch iMac was already redesigned with the M1, there’s also hope that a redesigned 27-inch iMac will make its debut. It’s unknown whether this will be simply a larger upgrade over the 24-inch model or not.
There are many who are hoping that a new iMac Pro will be debuted with more RAM configurations and Apple’s faster chipset. And while it’s unlikely that there will be a new iPad Pro, the long-awaited iPad Mini refresh could be on the way. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for these new devices to make their debut before the end of 2021.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.