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Third-generation AirPods here, they cost 199 francs

The new AirPods come with 3D audio, longer battery life and a whole new design. They are also protected against sweat and water.

On Monday afternoon, Apple presented the third generation AirPods with 3D audio and new features. By combining the performance of the H1 chip with an acoustic system developed by Apple, the new AirPods deliver a sound with adaptive EQ that is unique according to Apple using computational audio. Users can enjoy 3D audio with Dolby Atmos in Apple Music, movies and TV shows, along with dynamic head tracking on all Apple devices.

The new AirPods are sweat and water resistant and have a pressure sensor for easy and intuitive control of music and calls. The longer battery life enables up to six hours of playback and, with the practical charging case, a total playback time of up to 30 hours. The AirPods (3rd generation) expand the world’s most popular family of headphones. They can be ordered now and will be available in stores from Tuesday, October 26th. They cost 199 francs.

Brand new design

The new design of the AirPods is light and contoured and sits at just the right angle. This ensures a high level of comfort and guides the sound directly into the ear. The neck, which is shorter than the previous generation, ensures a more subtle appearance and has the same intuitive pressure sensor for media control at the lower end as on the AirPods Pro. The new AirPods are protected against sweat and water with an IPX4 certification for both the earphones and the charging case.

Audiofeatures

AirPods (3rd generation) build on the sound quality AirPods are known for. The basis is a special driver and an amplifier with a large dynamic range, which together ensure rich bass and brilliant, clear highs. The microphone is covered with acoustic mesh that softens wind noise so that the voice can be heard clearly when calls are made. The AirPods also come with AAC-ELD, a powerful voice codec for Full HD voice quality that enables clear, natural communication with FaceTime calls.

The new AirPods use computational audio to bring even more people the sound experiences that customers love about the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max – such as the Adaptive EQ and 3D audio with dynamic head tracking.

For an optimal listening experience, the new AirPods have an adaptive EQ that adjusts the sound in real time depending on the position of the AirPods in the ears of the listener. An inward-facing microphone picks up the sound, and the Adaptive EQ uses computational audio to adjust the bass and mids to compensate for losses due to discrepancies in the seating of the earphones.

3D Audio

3D audio ensures a three-dimensional experience like in the cinema: the sound is arranged practically anywhere in the room, and thanks to Dolby Atmos, AirPods have never sounded better. Users can experience this impressive experience with dynamic head tracking. Music, videos, and even FaceTime group calls feel more intense than ever. With advanced algorithms for 3D audio and aligned audio filters to fine-tune the frequencies that arrive in the ear, the new AirPods can arrange the sound anywhere around users: inside.

The AirPods can be automatically paired with other Apple devices with just one touch, so that users can simply enjoy music all day long. Audio sharing allows listeners to share the audio stream between two pairs of AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max when using an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV.

A new skin recognition sensor determines precisely whether the AirPods are in the ear – and not in your pocket or on the table. When they are taken out of the ear, it pauses playback. For a clearer sound, beamforming microphones suppress ambient noise so that the voice of the user is in the foreground. And if you don’t have a hand free, you can simply say “Hey Siri” to inquiries.

Longer battery life

The AirPods (3rd generation) offer an additional hour of battery life compared to the previous generation for up to six hours of playback and up to four hours of talk time. Just five minutes of charging gives about an hour of battery life, and with four additional charges in the case, users get up to 30 hours of playback. 3 AirPods are now part of the MagSafe ecosystem for convenient wireless charging.

Prices and availability

The AirPods (3rd generation) cost CHF 199 and can be ordered immediately at apple.com/chde/store and in the Apple Store app in the US and over 26 other countries and regions. They will be available in stores from Tuesday, October 26th.

AirPods (2nd generation) will be available at the new price of CHF 139.

The AirPods Pro now come with a MagSafe charging case for the same price of CHF 279.

New subscribers: get Apple Music for free for six months when they buy AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max. 5

AirPods require Apple devices with iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, tvOS 15.1, or macOS Monterey, all of which will be available as free software updates starting next week.

Customers can add a free personal engraving with emojis, text and numbers to the cases for AirPods Pro, AirPods (3rd generation) and AirPods (2nd generation) at apple.com/chde/store and in the Apple Store app.

 
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