AirPods 3 to have shorter stem, replaceable ear tips; coming in 1H21

The rumor: The third generation version of AirPods will see a significant change in their iconic design, according to Mark Gurman (88.3% accurate).

  • ‘AirPods 3’ will look and feel similar to AirPods Pro, but will lack some of the high-end features like noise cancellation
  • Improved battery life may also come to the new model of truly wireless earbuds
  • Apple may launch third generation AirPods in the first half of 2021

Our take: I’m super disappointed to hear that Apple is doing-away with the iconic AirPods design. AirPods Pro have never worked well for me and still regularly fall out of my head when I use them in any athletic capacity. I don’t think in-ear earbuds are the best option for everyone, even though AirPods Pro are beloved by a ton of people.