What you need to know
- A leaked image claims to show Apple's upcoming third-generation AirPods headphones.
- The photo shows what is potentially the upper case and part of the earbud.
- It matches earlier reports that the new AirPods would be similar to the current AirPods Pro design.
The earbud looks very similar to the design of Apple's current generation of AirPods Pro, which matches up to an earlier report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. While the leaked photo doesn't show it, the new generation of AirPods are expected to have shorter stems and replaceable ear tips, just like the current AirPods Pro. It will not, however, have higher-end features like noise-cancellation.
The second-generation AirPods Pro are also anticipated to receive a redesign, eliminating the stem completely in favor of a rounded, ear-filling shape.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.