Compare Apple’s New AirPods 3 With Airpods Pro

Apple’s on a roll with their recent introduction of innovative new versions of long-time favorite products. However, with the news about powerful new chips and PCs, some folks might have missed the release of Apple AirPods 3.
A few months ago, Upsie covered updates and speculation about the third-generation AirPods after Apple announced the pending release. Take a couple of minutes to learn the differences between Apple AirPods 3 and previous releases.

Apple AirPods 3: What’s Changed With Apple’s Third-Generation of AirPods?

The speculation that AirPods 3 and the latest AirPods Pro will share common features has proved true. For instance:
  • Both products have shorter stems and similar-looking earpieces. AirPods Pro offers changeable tips, and the 3G AirPods do not.
  • The new products also include water resistance and spatial audio support like AirPods Pro, which other AirPods lacked.
  • Both the AirPods three and the latest Pro version use the H1 chip from Apple, so they should provide similar performance for such tasks as connecting to other devices or using Siri.
Apple will even offer custom engraving on the charging case for free. This perk can prove convenient to keep from mixing up charging cases with another AirPods user at the gym or pool.
Priced at $179, AirPods 3 cost about $60 less than Apple’s list price for the latest AirPods Pro. However, active noise cancellation still appears to offer the most significant difference between the new AirPods and AirPods Pro, and AirPods 3 also lack transparency mode. On the positive side, AirPods 3 offer about 1.5 more hours of listening time than AirPods Pro, and with the charging case, that figure increases to six hours.

Is it a Good Time to Invest in New AirPods 3?

Most people won’t consider the introduction of AirPods 3 as dramatic or revolutionary as the new MacBooks Pro with their enhanced M1 chips. After all, AirPods Pro already delivers the features of AirPods 3 and more.
Still, Apple made sound and durability improvements over previous versions of traditional AirPods even if they left out active noise cancellation, transparency mode, and the silicone tips that allow for a customizable fit. On the other hand, AirPods 3 should attract customers with the promise of longer battery life, water resistance, and especially spatial audio support.

Find Apple AirPods on Sale for the Holidays

Apple will still offer standard AirPods for about $129. However, Apple appears to want to position their latest generation of AirPods between traditional AirPods and AirPods Pro with an in-between price and features.
In particular, Tom’s Guide suggested that budget-minded consumers should look for holiday sales. Retailers probably won’t discount the brand-new AirPods 3 much, but expect to see competitive deals on AirPods Pro and traditional AirPods.

Pair Apple AirPods With the Best Warranty

Airpods offer a great listening experience for both audiophiles and casual listeners. However, Airpods are vulnerable to damage, including damage from drops and spills. Upsie offers extended warranties for headphones and earbuds that include comprehensive protection.
Upsie’s headphone warranties cost up to 70 percent less than warranties from retailers and manufacturers, including AppleCare+. In addition, Upsie customers can make unlimited claims up to the purchase price of the device.
With Upsie, customers also enjoy 24-7 claims service by phone with live reps and a choice between local or mail-in repairs. For the best protection against damage, choose Upsie.

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