Have the new Apple AirPods 3 been revealed by a charging case cover?

Apple AirPods 3
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We've been hearing rumors about the Apple AirPods 3 all year, and until recently, it looked as though the new true wireless earbuds wouldn't be coming out until at least 2020. 

However, a spate of leaks over the last couple of months is making a late-2019 release more likely – and now, the design of the so-called AirPods Pro might have just been leaked by phone accessories manufacturer ESR (opens in new tab)

Spotted by MacRumors (opens in new tab), a listing on the site for an 'AirPods Pro Cover' shows a wider carrying case than we've seen for previous AirPod models. Whether ESR has truly discovered the dimensions of the new AirPods Pro charging case or it's simply posting this product listing as a marketing stunt is unclear.

The Apple AirPods (2019)

The Apple AirPods (2019) (Image credit: Future)

Rumors are stacking up

A recent report from China Economic Daily claims that an upgraded AirPods model – called the AirPods Pro, in the manner of the iPhone 11 Pro – may be about to release to market.

China Economic Daily says that the AirPods Pro will come with active noise-canceling, which is lent credence by the mention of "with or without noise-canceling" audio settings in code for the iOS 13.2 beta.

They'll reportedly cost $260, which converts to around £200 / AU$380 – though UK pricing is likely to match the US figure, so they will likely cost £260 when all is said and done. 

The iOS 13.2 beta also revealed an icon that could show a design feature of  Apple's upcoming true wireless earbuds. Judging from the icon, which was discovered by 9to5Mac (opens in new tab), it looks as though the AirPods 3 will feature rubber or silicone tips – something we were hoping that Apple would bring to it's recently upgraded Apple AirPods (2019).

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.