In line with recent Apple AirPods 3 news, rumours and leaks, the hotly anticipated buds appear to take their cue from the AirPods Pro, with interchangeable silicone ear tips, touch controls and smaller stems. That gives them a degree of credibility, although you might want to take today's image with a pinch of salt – a number of purported AirPods 3 images, including one of those published by 52audio, have later proven to be fakes.
Prolific Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo tips the AirPods 3 for a pressure-relieving system intended to remove any discomfort during long listening sessions. Active noise-cancelling technology will still presumably be reserved for the pricier AirPods Pro.
Today's leak also gives us a clear picture of the charging case, which seems to sport a curvaceous design that harks back to the original AirPods case. Look closely and you'll also spot a new LED changing indicator on the front.
Hopefully it won't be long before Apple unveils the real thing and puts an end to the speculation. The AirPods 3, the follow-up to the second-gen AirPods (2019), are expected to be released on 16th March, according to this tweet from tech tipster Jon Prosser.
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