Apple Launches Third Generation AirPods with Spatial Audio and MagSafe Support, to Retail for $179

Cupertino giant Apple is currently hosting its Unleashed event, which focuses mainly on the new M1 Pro based MacBook Pros, taking Apple’s SoC to the next level after the initial launch of the M1 chip back in 2020.

Besides the MacBook however, Apple took to the stage to announce certain other audio related products and news, key of which is the new AirPods, which is now in its third generation.

The AirPods 3rd generation receive multiple improvements, from design to chipset to battery life, all of which are key to the listening and ease of use when it comes to earbuds and headphones.

When it comes to pricing, the AirPods 3 will retail for $179, with the earbuds retailing for Rs 18,500 in India. The earbuds will be available starting today in India via Apple’s site, with stores receiving the same starting October 26.

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen: What’s New

AirPods 3

Starting with the design, the AirPods third generation feature a design similar to the Apple AirPods Pro, but the smartphone giant seems to think that this is a new design, we will let them have this one, so yes, the AirPods 3rd generation feature a “new design”.

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The major difference to the AirPods Pro is the eartip, since the AirPods 3rd gen miss out on the eartips that ship with the Pro version of the AirPods.

Coming back to the audio side of things, the AirPods 3rd generation feature support for Dolby Atmos (for Apple Music) and have Spatial Audio, which according to Apple now has dynamic head tracking on the AirPods.

There is a new custom driver for the AirPods 3rd gen, which offers better sound. Apple also mentions that the earbuds will feature Adaptive EQ, which will make listening to music a true joy.

One of the key features worth noting for the new earbuds is sweat and water resistance, meaning that you no longer need to worry as much when it comes to using your expensive pair of truly wireless earbuds.

To top it all off, Apple mentions that improved audio quality during calls has been a new addition, with the 3rd gen earbuds also featuring support for MagSafe, Force Sense control and Find My.

In other Audio related news, Apple has announced three new hues for the HomePod Mini, with the new colour options being Orange, Yellow and Blue, making the lineup quite colorful. Interested buyers can get it for $99, with availability starting November.

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