In terms of audio quality, connectivity, and design, the Apple AirPods are a significant improvement over their predecessors.
Despite the price increase, we believe they’re a worthwhile purchase if you currently own the previous AirPods.
We wouldn’t necessarily advise them for Android users, though.
The AirPods 3 aren’t the highest-spec earbuds at this price since, as is to be expected.
AirPods 3 Holistic Review?
They are intended for use within the larger Apple ecosystem.
As a result, Android users are left out of many of the extra features that set them apart from other true wireless earbuds on the market.
The Apple AirPods 3 are the newest true wireless earbuds and over-ear headphones in the company’s line-up.
And they include several improvements over the AirPods 2 that make them a worthy upgrade.
The AirPods 3 are the most recent Apple headphones you can get right now.
While it is said that the AirPods Pro 2 will be released by Apple in 2022.
They aren’t cheap—they cost $179, £169, or $279
—But they’re also not as expensive as Apple’s noise-cancelling AirPods Pro.
And they cost a lot less than the over-ear AirPods Max.
AirPods 3 Price and availability
The Apple AirPods 3 (2021) are currently on sale for $179, £169, and $279.
On October 26, 2021, they initially went on sale.
That is slightly more expensive than the second-generation AirPods.
Which cost $159/£159/AU$249 upon their 2019 launch with the regular charging case.
It is also less expensive than the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro.
You would have to fork over $199, £199, or AU $319 if you chose the wireless charging cover.
The AirPods 3 come with the wireless charging case as standard equipment.
Since then, the cost of the second-generation AirPods has decreased.
They are now available from Apple for $129, £119, or $219, with discounts frequently offered.
AirPods 3 Design
With their all-white minimalist style, projecting stems.
And subtly curved contours, the AirPods 3 don’t stray too far from earlier AirPods models in terms of design.
The AirPods 3 have slimmer stems and sosoftlyurved housings than the second-generation AirPods.
Giving them a more streamlined, sophisticated appearance.
Similar to the AirPods Pro, those stems have touch-capacitive force sensors.
That lets you control the playback of your music by squeezing them.
To accept or end calls, you can also squeeze the stem.
AirPods 3 Performance of Audio
The audio quality of the AirPods 3 feels far better than that of their predecessors.
New, low-distortion drivers and high dynamic range amplifiers are included.
According to Apple, the latter is meant to offer “powerful bass with crisp, clear high frequencies.”
The new earphones produce a more robust, warmer sound than the AirPods 2.
And are undoubtedly better at transmitting bass frequencies.
Although by no means audiophile in-ear headphones, these are nonetheless a perfectly good listen for music or podcasts.
AirPods 3 Battery Power
The battery life of the AirPods 3 has improved, sort of.
The new AirPods 3 have a 30-hour maximum battery life, compared to the 2019 AirPods’ total playback time of 24 hours.
According to Apple, the earbuds themselves provide up to six hours of listening time or up to four hours of speaking time after four more charges from the case.
A short five-minute charge will offer you roughly an hour of playback if you’re in a rush.
The AirPods 3 comes bundled with a wireless charging case that is compatible with Apple’s MagSafe ecosystem, just like the AirPods Pro.
All of that makes sense, but if you enable spatial audio, the inbuilt battery life drops to five hours.
Which is comparable to the earlier AirPods’ playback time.
You aren’t receiving the advantage of the longer battery life.
As Spatial Audio is one of the primary reasons to purchase the AirPods 3 over the AirPods 2.
AirPods 3 Connectivity
With a one-touch setup that instantly couples the earbuds with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Or MacBook, the AirPods 3 are geared for use with Apple devices, as is to be expected.
When using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV.
And two pairs of AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max, you can also share the audio stream between the devices.
This feature is quite helpful if you want to enjoy your music with friends without using their dirty earphones.
Although we did notice a volume dip when sharing music with a friend, we felt that this feature worked rather seamlessly.
Additionally, the AirPods 3 now have a skin-detect sensor.
That determines if the buds are in your ear as opposed to on a surface or in your pocket.
Thus, music playback will cease if they are not in your ear, saving you perhaps valuable battery life.
AirPods 3 Software
If you have an Apple mobile running iOS 15, you’ll have access to a few new capabilities with the third-generation AirPods.
Including connection with the Find My network, Spatial Audio, and dynamic head tracking in Group FaceTime sessions.
You’ll also get access to the Announce Notifications feature.
Which lets Siri read you time-sensitive information from applications like Messages, Reminders, and Calendars.
If you want to stay on top of your notifications without always looking at your phone, this tool will come in useful.