Apple’s wireless AirPods have become an essential feature for many of us. But this device appeared on the market relatively recently – in 2016. After 3 years, the second generation of the headset was released, with a new processor and more economical. The success of these models became the foundation for the emergence of the AirPods Pro, a much more advanced model that can meet the most demanding needs. Finally, the time has come to update the time-tested hit – in October 2021, the third generation AirPods were presented. We will tell you how these wireless headphones turned out in our review.
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Apple AirPods 3 (2021) design
There is no need to talk about a revolutionary change in the design of the third generation model. AirPods 3 are all the same white in-ear droplets with thin legs. But in this model, they are 33% shorter, and the design itself is more contoured, suitable for most ears. We can say that this is a cross between AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro.
Left to right: AirPods 2, AirPods 3, and AirPods Pro
Apple has remained committed to its chosen shape, just tweaked it a bit. Headphones should sit in your ears at the correct angle for maximum comfort and best sound. Items are made of plastic and offer one size, silicone tips, as in AirPods Pro, they do not have… The height of each earphone is 30.79 mm, its width is 18.26 mm, and the thickness is 19.21 mm. Each earbud weighs only 4.28g.
Black acoustic nets stand out on the side and top of the droplet. They cover the microphone and reduce wind noise during calls. The mesh is flush with the surface of the device, and not recessed inside, as it was previously. The lower part of the stem is given to the pressure sensor, which allows you to control music playback and calls. On the side of the leg there is an oval recess-button.
The case for storing and recharging the headphones is rectangular in shape with rounded corners. Just below the slot in the cover there is a charging indication LED. The slot itself has a recessed strip, which allows you to conveniently grip it when opening the case. At the bottom of the case there is a Lightning connector for charging the device. The dimensions of the case are 54.40 x 46.4 x 21.38 mm, and it weighs 37.91 g.
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Features and performance of Apple AirPods 3 (2021)
The H1 chip that appeared in the model of the previous generation to improve connection stability and reduce power consumption in the main scenarios of work remained in AirPods 3. They themselves, despite their size, offer many interesting functions. First of all, it is an excellent sound presentation. AirPods 3 generate spatial audio and can dynamically track head movements. This allows you to create a vivid three-dimensional picture of the sound, as if the listener were in a movie theater or concert hall. The effect is achieved thanks to the built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers in AirPods 3.
AirPods 3 has an adaptive equalizer that adjusts the music to the user’s personal preferences. The geometry of the human ear is taken into account. Inward-firing microphones measure the characteristics of the audible sound. Based on this data, AirPods 3 automatically adjust bass and mids in real time to maximize all musical nuances.
Compact earbuds are often blamed for lack of bass, but AirPods 3 have dealt with that problem. Apple’s specially designed dynamic driver uses an amplifier to deliver detailed sound. This will allow you to transmit the entire spectrum, not only rich and deep bass, but also crystal clear high notes.
The pressure sensor on the headphone foot allows you to start and stop playback, rewind tracks, answer and end calls.
Controls in AirPods 3:
- Press once to start or pause playback or answer a call;
- Press twice to skip to the next track;
- Press three times to return to the previous track;
- Press and hold to summon Siri;
- Say “Hey Siri” to play a song, call, or get directions.
AirPods 3 have a new AAC-ELD speech codec that will clearly improve audio for FaceTime calls. Calls via the messenger will receive HD-quality, with the help of spatial audio group communication will be hardly distinguishable from live.
The AirPods 3 themselves, like their MagSafe charging case, are sweat and water resistant with an IPX4 rating. This allows you to use the headset both in the rain and during intense workouts.
The skin contact sensor has also been improved, which allows the device to better detect its location in the ears or on the surface. As soon as you take the AirPods 3 out of your ears and place them on a table or in your pocket, playback stops.
Communication takes place using the Bluetooth 5.0 protocol.
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Autonomy and charging Apple AirPods 3 (2021)
AirPods 3 continues to be a highly autonomous device. But in this generation, these indicators have grown even more. The headphones can now operate in audio playback mode for up to 6 hours, and with spatial audio up to 5 hours. In the talk mode, the headset can work up to 4 hours. A full charge of the case can provide 30 hours of audio or 20 hours of talk time. Even if the AirPods 3 are completely depleted, you can put them in the charging case for five minutes and listen for another hour.
The case can be charged as with a Lightning connectorand via Qi wireless chargers… The third generation AirPods also added MagSafe chargers support…
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AirPods 3 boast Siri always on. With the help of voice commands, you will be able to turn on music, plan routes, clarify the schedule. The phrase “Hey Siri” starts communication with the voice assistant. He can tell you what percentage of the charge is left, report the receipt of important notifications, and even read them out and write down responses under dictation.
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Apple AirPods 3 Bundle (2021)
Includes AirPods 3 and MagSafe charging case. There is a Lightning to USB-C cable to connect it to a power source, adapter not included… Of course, there is a set of accompanying documentation.
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Apple AirPods 3 (2021) headphone price
AirPods 3 headphones can be purchased for 16,490 rubles. At the same time, Apple allows free engraving on the case of your name, some significant numbers or emoticons.
The new MagSafe case has not yet been sold separately.