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Apple AirPods Pro 3 release date window prediction, specs rumors, & price speculation

When do the AirPods Pro 3 come out? Apple AirPods Pro Gen 3 predictions ahead

Updated: Jul 4, 2023 5:00 pm
Apple AirPods Pro 3 release date window prediction, specs rumors, & price speculation

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We’re looking forward to the AirPods Pro 3 release date. So, early on in the development cycle, we’re going to be laying down our predictions for the release date, specs, price, and other details about the upcoming AirPods Pro 3. Ever since the 2nd generation AirPods Pro 2 released, we’ve been waiting to see if the 3rd generation of the popular AirPods Pro can usher in some improved hardware.

Like we said, it’s early days if you want to know exactly everything there is to know about the AirPods Pro 3, but this page is a hub for the latest rumors, leaks, or official news. Upcoming Apple hardware is always highly anticipated, so be sure to check out the AirPods Max 2 release date too!

With that, let’s jump straight into the release date predictions (and more) just below for these popular wireless earbuds.

AirPods Pro 3 release date window prediction

There’s a long way to wait until the AirPods Pro 3 release date is actually upon us, but there is some interesting news already out there. Ming-Chi Kuo is a reliable source of upcoming news, and they have predicted that the next-generation AirPods Pro 3 are likely to arrive in late 2024, possibly early 2025. That’s the latest news we’ve got at the moment.

AirPods release date history

Another good indicator is to look at what history tells us on AirPods releases. Apple have a strict schedule when it comes to releasing the likes of iPhones and iOS updates, but what about AirPods?

  • AirPods 1st-gen: December 13, 2016
  • AirPods 2nd-gen: March 20, 2019
  • AirPods Pro 1st-gen: October 30, 2019
  • AirPods 3rd-gen: October 26, 2021
  • AirPods Pro 2nd-gen: September 23, 2022

Focusing on the AirPods Pro range, there was a three year gap between the 1st and 2nd generation. So, that could mean something similar before we jump to the 3rd generation. Despite that, the jump from the 2nd to 3rd gen for regular AirPods was only 2 years, and that’s what we currently predict.

AirPods Pro 3 price speculation

If we want to look at the price of the AirPods Pro 3, then there is definitely going to be some speculation involved for the time being. Figuring out a price on new generations of Apple products isn’t always the easiest, as we’ll have to wait and see how the specs differ and how the current market looks. Luckily though, things are little different for the AirPods Pro 3.

Right now, there is no expectation that the price will differ from the same $249 price that we saw both the 1st and 2nd gen release with. Hopefully we see this consistency maintained moving forward.

AirPods Pro 3 specs rumors

Determining specs this early on has to be taken with a grain of salt, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sense some emerging patterns in AirPods Pro releases. With that being said, here’s a quick list of some key specs and features in the rumor mill.

  • Apple H3 chip
  • U1 or U2 chip
  • MagSafe charging case
  • 30+ hours battery life (listening time)
  • USB Type-C wired charging
  • IPX4 sweat and water resistance

Previous technology will all be included too, as you would imagine. Active noise cancellation, wireless charging, and Bluetooth 5.3 or newer are all are must. That would make the AirPods Pro 3 great for making phone calls and reducing background noise as much as possible. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also reported that Apple are working on ‘hearing health’ features for these AirPods, as MacRumors report.

We expect the design of the AirPods Pro 3 to stick to what we know from Apple’s AirPods Pro line up. As you can see, many of the upgrades and changes are likely to be internal. Changes to the case and inclusion of USB-C will be an obvious external difference though, as Apple starts to phase at their proprietary lightning cable/port as per new EU regulations.

Are AirPods Pro 3 coming out?

We see no reason why Apple would stop the AirPods Pro line up. However, the current generation of popular buds are likely to be around for a year or two longer. Even though the regular AirPods already hit the 3rd generation a couple of years back in 2021, the second generation AirPods Pro model didn’t arrive until 2022, so they are lagging behind a bit as it stands.

Since we haven’t even seen the regular AirPods 4 just yet, this means the AirPods Pro 3 are likely to release further down the pipeline – which is why we see the late 2024 / early 2025 prediction. Either way, we fully expect the AirPods Pro 3 to be in the works.

AirPods Pro 3 release date FAQs

Are the AirPods Pro 3 officially announced?

No, the 3rd generation of Apple’s AirPods Pro, also known as the AirPods Pro 3, have yet to be officially announced.

We don’t expect them to arrive until late 2024 at the very least.

Can I preorder Apple AirPods Pro 3?

It’s not yet possible to pre-order the AirPods Pro 3. There are yet to be officially announced. However, we’ll be here to report on any news of AirPods Pro 3 pre-orders.

As a Junior Staff Writer, Jack is involved in writing and maintaining a bunch of hardware guides & reviews. With an interest in PC gaming, he now focuses on writing about monitors, headsets, and more.

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