AirPods Pro’s Spatial Audio will give you surround sound-style audio on wireless airbuds

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AirPods supplier confident of booming business through 2021
AirPods Pro are about to get even more pro
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WWDC 2020AirPods got some impressive-sounding (no pun intended) features announced at WWDC, including an upcoming “Spatial Audio” feature that will provide better 3D sound for its AirPods Pro wireless earpods.

The feature will use motion tracking to replicate a surround sound, movie theater-style listening experience, making it sound like the audio you’re listening to is coming from around the wearer. It will work by using the device’s in-built accelerometer to track the motion of users’ heads. It will then remap the sound field constantly as your head moves around.

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.

Give your AirPods an upgrade with this accessory kit [Deals]

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Earhoox Survival Kit
Upgrade your AirPods with earhooks, magnetic strap, protective case a charging dock.
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AirPods are a great companion to any iOS device. They sound great, pair easily, and last a good long time. But we all know they can tend to slip from our ears. And we also know they aren’t cheap, so the idea of dropping them can be nerve-wracking.

Customs officials stop import of $4,000 of counterfeit AirPods

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AirPods 2. AirPods S, more like.
AirPods are one of Apple's most popular products.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized a shipment of counterfeit AirPods coming from China, carrying a retail price (at least, if they were authentic) of $3,975.

Officers discovered the shipment of AirPod knockoffs June 1. The packaging said the parcel contained lithium ion batteries. However, officers inspecting the package reportedly grew suspicious because of giveaways with the packaging and marking used on the shipment.

New Powerbeats get first price cut with $20 off, AirPods Pro down $29

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Just in time for Father's Day.
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Amazon is slashing prices on Apple’s newest Powerbeats buds just three months after they debuted. You can bag yours for just $129.95 ($20 off) for a limited time only, while AirPods Pro return to their all-time low of $219.98.

Both would make outstanding Father’s Day gifts. Order yours today before the discounts disappear!

OtterBox brings colorful protection to AirPods

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OtterBox AirPods case covers defend your headphones.
OtterBox AirPods case covers come in Spacesuit Blue, Infinity Pink, Black Hole and more colors.
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OtterBox on Thursday launched protective covers for AirPods and AirPods Pro cases. The Ispra and Lumen series are this company’s first for Apple’s truly-wireless earbuds. They come in a range of colors, and are designed to save the AirPods case from scratches and drops.

Sony’s brilliant AirPods Pro alternatives are now even cheaper — save $52

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Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless buds
The best wireless buds not made by Apple?
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Sony’s terrific WF-1000XM3 earbuds are widely regarded as the best alternatives to AirPods Pro. Some say they’re even better, despite their silly name. Bag yours today for a mere $178 — down from $229.99.

The buds offer up to 24 hours of playback with their included charging case, plus active noise cancellation, built-in Amazon Alexa, and terrific sound.