When the Apple AirPods came in 2016, they were an instant success and became an icon for the company, which succeeded by AirPods 2 in 2019. Although the Airpods were not the perfect product as it has issues with flexibility for the user’s comfort. Many complained that the Airpods didn’t fit their ear properly. Apple introduced the AirPods Pro in 2019 which solved the issue of comfort and fitting. Although it’s only been a year that Apple released its Airpods 2 there are already rumors that Apple may bring Airpods 3 in 2020.
According to a tweet from Joe Rossignol, “Macrumors editor”, the nextGen AirPods is likely to bear similarities to the AirPods Pro. This means the wireless earbuds may come with adjustable ear tips, just like it has with the AirPods Pro. The earbuds are likely to be a stripped-down version of the AirPods Pro at a cheaper cost. Hence it could be named either AirPods Pro Lite or AirPods Lite or simply AirPods 3. Rumors of a stripped-down Airpods Pro version have been long-rumored, and this just might come true.
Although there are a lot of rumors circulating around, the details of the AirPods 3 specs are scarce. Nevertheless, experts believe that the AirPods 3 may come with significant improvements than the previous generation. The AirPods 3 is likely to have the same sound quality as the AirPods Pro. This means the buds could feature adaptive EQ and may include Ear Tip Fit Test of the AirPods Pro. That feature offers a solid seal and excellent sound for AirPods Pro and would do the same for the AirPods 3 as well if it comes bundled with tips. At the core Apple may still use the H1 chips, which improved connectivity, audio latency, battery management, hands-free “Hey Siri” support and Audio Share feature, allowing you to enjoy audio from one source to two sets of AirPods.
There has been zero charter on the successor of the H1 chip and it’s more likely that the H1 chip is still going to be in the forefront in 2020. One thing about the AirPods everyone complains about is the battery life. The original AirPods and AirPods 2 has 5 hours of battery life on a single charge, while the AirPods Pro is rated at 4.5 hours. Meanwhile the charging cases for all three models provide the same amount of playtime of 24 hours. There is no indication that this will change in 2020. Anyways, since the next generation of AirPods 3 will be lower-priced product, they might not feature few notable features of the AirPods Pro. For example, there might not be any active noise cancelling on the earbuds to bring down the price. AirPods Pro had IPX4 certification for sweat and water resistance which could be missing on the AirPods 3 as well.
Although the AirPods 3 is going to be affordable wireless earbuds, we still want some features on those earbuds. For instance, we want a better battery backup. Competitors like Samsung Galaxy Plus gives massive 11 hours of playtime while Apple’s own PowerBeats Pro offers up to 9 hours of playtime. Which is almost double of what Apple offers and this time the AirPods 3 should offer at least 8 hours of playback time. Then we want the AirPods 3 to feature Adaptive EQ. Although it’s far from a game-changer, but Adaptive EQ does enhance sound for the AirPods Pro, even if it is by a small margin. So, affordable AirPods 3 with this feature would sell the earbuds like hotcakes. Now, this might be a long shot, but I want AirPods 3 to have a noise cancellation feature. After bringing ANC to the AirPods Pro, if the AirPods 3 does not feature any sort of noise cancellation, then that would be the worst. Although, its understandable that due to pricing they can’t bring the AirPods Pro’s Active Noise Cancellation, but the company could achieve noise cancellation passively. Plus, Apple could further tweak their noise-canceling algorithm to enhance performance. Anyways, as I’ve said earlier, this is a very long shot, and there is a very little chance of this actually happening.