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Mass production of the third-generation AirPods will kick off in August, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia. They will reportedly join a number of other products such as the iPhone 13 lineup and redesigned MacBook Pro models as launches coming before the end of the year.

Renderings of rumored third-generation AirPods design

Rumored launch dates for the third-generation AirPods have varied significantly over the past year, with some having pointed to a launch in the first half of 2021 that obviously failed to come to fruition while others indicated that a second-half launch was more likely.

With mass production kicking off next month, a launch could come as soon as September alongside the new iPhones, although Apple could certainly still wait to launch them alongside some other products later in the year.

The third-generation AirPods are rumored to adopt a similar design to the current AirPods Pro, with shorter stems and silicone ear tips for a customizable fit. They would, however, lack some of the advanced features of the AirPods Pro such as Active Noise Cancellation.

The AirPods Pro are also rumored to be seeing an update with the removal of the stems entirely, which could result in a design similar to that of the recently launched Beats Studio Buds. The second-generation AirPods Pro debut isn't rumored to be happening until the first half of 2022, however.

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macrumors 68000
Jan 22, 2013
These new AirPods shouldn’t exist. The “Pro” moniker is stupid, and yet everyone accepts it. As someone with a marketing degree, the ruse continues.
Can it really be that difficult to put noise cancellation in any AirPods you sell? I mean, all the hard design work and chippery has already been done. What’s the issue?

I imagine there’s patent licensing fees to pay to nebulous third parties, but I don’t suppose they amount to much in the grand scheme of things.

Or is it deliberate market segregation, like the high end camera market? Allegedly, some camera manufacturers incorporate top-of-the range chips in prosumer equipment, but deliberately degrade capability so they can maintain a premium price in the pro market. Which all sounds very dodgy to me.


macrumors 68000
Sep 22, 2014
The ones in the renders don’t have rubber ear tips though.

These new AirPods shouldn’t exist. The “Pro” moniker is stupid, and yet everyone accepts it. As someone with a marketing degree, the ruse continues.
Oh man, must be seeing through it for the most part and shaking the head all year long with these products announcements, ourselves with the comments, etc.
What are these really? is production fueled by AirPods Pro that failed noise cancelling manufacturing yields maybe? I wonder how Apple employees refer to their products internally.


Dec 5, 2008
Good news. I don't need another pair of in-ear earphones. Already own a bunch of those. For casual and easy to use listening without the need for noise isolation the Airpods are perfect. I don't always want to block exterior sound that much or have the enclosed sensation of in-ears. I can wear these all day. I can't even do that with my ciems.


macrumors 68020
Sep 16, 2006
Let's hope they improve the mic, because it's not that good honestly.

Someone I know at work bought AirPods Pro and the sound is really muffled in the meetings. I watched reviews on YouTube after that, and, well, it's the way they're meant to be.
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macrumors 601
Oct 25, 2008
When I got my iPad, it came with a free pair (wired) and for me, the way they fit in the ear is very comfortable. My challenges are that Apple limits codecs as they still tell us what we want. I use the Airpods with Mac Mini, iPad, and a Samsung phone. There is a tradeoff with Bluetooth if you want higher fidelity and Apple certainly has no problems forcing the issue of limiting audio. I'll be curious what they will do when they start with the "HD" music. Meanwhile, even with my gripes, I like not having something jammed in my ear canal (and I have had some higher quality in ear sets previously).
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macrumors 65816
Jul 9, 2008
I like the AirPods because I don't like having rubber in my ears and the sound being blocked out. See what these are like, but I'm on my 4th pair of AirPods, they all have the same fault and they only seem to last a year and a half before they fail.
Wow. That's really unfortunate. My day 1 AirPods lasted me >4 years before giving up the ghost.
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macrumors 6502a
Nov 30, 2014
Wow. That's really unfortunate. My day 1 AirPods lasted me >4 years before giving up the ghost.
I do use them for 8 hours a day every day, but my the cheapo £15 Anker ones I used to buy lasted 3 years with the same usage.

The main problem I have though is 50 percent of the time without fail, one AirPod won't work. I have to put it back in the case and take it out again for it to work. Even my brand new AirPods do it :/ This isn't with just one phone, I've had several over the years, even did it on Android.
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