AirPods 3 may debut in September at iPhone 13 event

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Apple has big plans for the AirPods lineup.
New AirPods will reportedly borrow the design of the AirPods Pro.
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Apple’s AirPods 3, the third iteration of its standard issue wireless earbuds, could make their debut in September alongside the iPhone, Digitimes reported Friday.

According to the report, the new AirPods — which are rumored to receive a redesign in line with the AirPods Pro, minus the active noise cancelling feature — will “remain price-friendly.” The current AirPods launched in March 2019 at $159 with standard charging case or $199 with wireless charging case.

Digitimes writes that:

“Shipments of flexible PCBs (FPCB) and SiP modules for use in the next-generation AirPods have kicked off in small volumes, and will be scaled up between late third-quarter and fourth-quarter 2021, according to industry sources at the upstream supply chain of the AirPods.

The sources believe the new AirPods will have a good chance to be debuted at Apple’s product launch in the second half of the year.”

Earlier this week it was reported that the AirPods 3 would go into production next month. This was in keeping with an earlier report from Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities who said that the new AirPods 3 would go into production in Q3 2021. However, no definitive launch date was announced (or, in this case, rumored.)

Coming September 14?

We still don’t have an exact launch date for the iPhone 13 event, of course. But Wedbush analyst Dan Ives has suggested it will be the third week of September. Since Apple keynotes typically take place on Tuesdays, that would peg the date as September 14.

Apple first debuted its ultra popular wireless AirPods in late 2016. Since then, they have become one of Apple’s hottest products. The company has also expanded the line to include three models. These, the regular AirPods, are the cheapest of the three. Then there is the high-end AirPods, and the exceptionally high-end, over-the-ear AirPods Max.

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Source: Digitimes