AirPods 3 With Water Resistance Expected to Launch Later This Year

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Apple plans to release third-generation AirPods with water resistance in late 2019, according to Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives. The first two generations of AirPods do not have IP-rated water or dust resistance.


In a research note this week, shared by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Ives said the new AirPods will be released in time for the holiday shopping season this year and may also feature some unspecified design enhancements. AirPods have had the same design since the original pair launched in December 2016.

This info lines up with several rumors about new AirPods launching within the next year.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman was first to reveal Apple's roadmap for AirPods. In February 2018, he said Apple was working on new AirPods with Hey Siri support, which launched in March 2019 after a delay. In June 2018, he reported that Apple is working on another pair of AirPods with water resistance and noise cancelation.

Gurman also reported that Apple is developing over-ear headphones with noise cancelation that could launch as early as this year. The headphones are said to be "studio quality" and will likely have Apple branding.

In April, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said two new AirPods models will likely go into mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, with one of the new models featuring an "all-new form factor design" and a "higher price" than the second-generation AirPods, which start at $159.

Both new AirPods models are said to adopt a new system-in-package design internally, which can improve assembly yield rates, save space internally, and reduce costs, but Kuo did not elaborate on outward-facing design changes.

Taiwanese website DigiTimes also expects third-generation AirPods with noise cancelation to launch by the end of the year.

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AngerDanger

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I regret waiting so long to buy these; my first pair were gen1 purchased in February and they are without a doubt my favorite Apple product in a while. I bring them places I never bothered to wind up headphones and pack for.

If you tried to swim with these, wouldn't they fall out really easily?... and then get lost?
…and then you'd pass out, trying to dive for them, and then your spouse would find you emasculated and divorce you, taking the kids and house with her, you'd start hitting the bottle again, your work performance would drop, you'd get fired, and end up living on the streets for the rest of your short life.

**** these unreleased waterproof AirPods! :mad:
 
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alexandr

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i hope the way they fit in the ear won't change. no as long as my current one will last long enough i'll be glad that i didn't get 2nd gen.
 

w5jck

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They look like white goo running out of the wearer's ears... I find the ear pods to be very uncomfortable to wear, and they constantly fall out. I'm quite sure these overpriced and stupid looking airpods would do the same. To each their own though...and YMMV.
 

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The first- and second-generation AirPods are already water resistant enough for most people, though only lacking the official IP certification. I would hope third-generation AirPods will have another improvement factor worthy of a higher price point.

And for those who have never owned AirPods before and are holding out, just get them. I love my AirPods 2 with wireless charging case, it’s now part of my everyday carry.
 

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I would love an answer from Apple to the noise-canceling earbuds from Sony that just came out. I’m tempted to give those a try, would be great for watching Netflix or listening to audio books during my commute.

PowerBeats Pro could also do the trick with less isolation, but I find that charging case so bulky.
 

mattster16

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The battery alone will be worth it, after using mine everyday at the gym for years they don’t last as long as they used to, and the water resistance will be a bonus
I've been lucky that the batteries in mine don't seem to have degraded at all. I've had my airpods since early 2017 and use them for ~4-6 hours daily.
 

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They look like white goo running out of the wearer's ears... I find the ear pods to be very uncomfortable to wear, and they constantly fall out. I'm quite sure these overpriced and stupid looking airpods would do the same. To each their own though...and YMMV.
EarPods and AirPods can’t really be compared when it comes to the fit. I was holding out on AirPods because EarPods were uncomfortable for me, but I regret that since they work just perfect. They're not for everyone of course.
 
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