Apple has always been known for repeating SAME DESIGN in their products be it Their smartphones, iPads, MacBooks or AirPods. For the first time since 2016 Apple has finally introduced a new design in the newly launched AirPods 3. Apple has brought a lot to the table with some major improvements. There are some downsides as well. Apple AirPods (Third-Gen) – Is it any good?
Design & Feel
These AirPods basically look like the AirPods Pro with their ear tips chopped off. Apple says the AirPods have been created to sit at “just the right angle for comfort.”. Apple has shortened the stem on the AirPods 3 by nearly 33 per cent which makes them look very similar to the AirPods Pro. To Provide better sound Apple has used the H1 chip which provides computational audio. A microphone monitors for sound and then tunes low and mid frequencies so each user will get the best audio for their ear size and shape. Apple is calling this “Adaptive EQ”. They have a secure fit, are lightweight and won’t come off your ears that easily.
The AirPods 3 comes with an IPX4 rating which makes them splash-proof. The earphones come with a custom driver and high dynamic range amplifier which produces powerful Bass and improves the Audio game Big Time. Along with Adaptive EQ, the AirPods support spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, just like Apple’s more expensive AirPods Pro and AirPods Max headphones. There’s a new skin-detect sensor that can tell if the AirPods are in the ear or in a pocket, and playback is paused when they’re removed. So cool Right?!
Battery life on the AirPods has never been a major issue but it still has been significantly improved and the third-generation AirPods offer six hours of listening time or four hours of talk time on a single charge. Apple claims that the fast charge feature provides an hour of battery life with only five minutes of charging. The new and redesigned case offers upto 30 hours of additional battery life.
The only Major downside of the AirPods pro has to be the Active Noise Cancellation. The 3rd Gen AirPods do not come with ANC. Apple is still keeping ANC for its Big Boy AirPods Pro.
Cost and Availability
For a price tag of Rs 18,500, I have to say the noise cancelling is certainly missed. The AirPods Pro which cost around Rs 24,900 sell for a lot less (around 19k) when festivals are around the corner. The AirPods 3rd Gen at 18500 is not at all a bad deal. I would still recommend to go for the AirPods Pro if you find em cheaper.
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