AirPods 3 upgrade with AirPods Pro design expected in early 2021

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Could AirPods 3 look just like AirPods Pro?
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Apple will introduce its third-generation AirPods buds featuring the same design as AirPods Pro during the first half of 2021, according to one reliable analyst.

The new wireless headphones could help drive a 28% increase in AirPods shipments next year. Apple’s rumored decision not to include free EarPods with iPhone 12 this fall could also contribute to the boost.

AirPods Pro might offer all the new features we’re asking for

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This ESR case is designed to protect the redesigned case for AirPods Pro.
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UPDATE: The wait wasn’t long: Apple’s new AirPods Pro with noise cancellation are already here.

 

Apple is reportedly about to take its wireless earbuds professional. Get ready for AirPods Pro with noise cancellation and a range of color options.

But they’ll also supposedly cost dramatically more than Apple’s current in-ear headphones.

Cheaper HomePod, improved AirPods could arrive in 2020

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Apple could finally bring noise cancellation to AirPods.
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A more affordable version of the struggling HomePod smart speaker will debut next year, according to a generally reliable source. Apple is also reportedly going to introduce AirPods with noise cancellation in 2020.

Both are products that consumers have been asking for.