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Apple AirPods 3 release date leak says it’ll be here in 2021 – here’s what will change

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A new report claims that a third iteration of the Apple AirPods are in development right now as are the second generation of the Apple AirPods Pro

According to Bloomberg who spoke with people familiar with the plans, the  AirPods 3 could include motion sensors for fitness tracking and integration with Apple Fitness Plus along with noise reduction, according to some recent leaks

As for the AirPods Pro, Bloomberg’s sources say we can expect even shorter stems at the bottom of the earbuds – similar to the rumored Beats Studio Buds that are rumored to be announced at WWDC 2021 – and the integration of fitness-tracking features.

The sources say we can expect the AirPods to be announced before the end of 2021, while the AirPods Pro will come our way in 2022 – though the source didn’t give an exact release date or potential pricing for either of the new true wireless earbuds.

It's all up in the Air...Pods

While this is a great report – and something that certainly fits into Apple’s plans to integrate all its devices and services together – we always take release window rumors with a grain of salt because, historically, they haven’t always been accurate.

For example, we heard rumors of the 2nd-Gen Apple AirPods' release set for dates for over a year before they eventually released, while the AirPods Pro’s release date slipped multiple times before they hit store shelves. 

That being said, you probably shouldn’t hold Apple to these release windows – even as wide and as nebulous as they currently are. 

What seems more likely – almost a definite at this point – is the imminent release of the Beats Studio Buds. We’ve seen celebrities wearing them and they've appeared on the FCC website for approval. It's unclear how soon they'll launch but, based on what we've seen this week, it seems like they could arrive any day now. 

Nick Pino

Nick Pino is the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar and covers TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's written for TechRadar, GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.