Apple launches AirPods 3 with new design – Spatial audio support
Apple this week unveiled a newly redesigned AirPods 3 – with spatial audio support.
The new design of the AirPods 3 is inspired by the AirPods Pro, with shorter stems. The design is more in-ear and includes a newly designed battery box. The AirPods 3 have a universal fit rather than adjustable silicone tips. This means they don’t have an active noise cancellation or transparency mode – only AirPods Pro and AirPods Max have these features.
“By combining the power of the H1 chip with an Apple-designed acoustic system, the new AirPods use computer audio to deliver revolutionary sound with Adaptive EQ,” Apple said at the event. “Users can enjoy spatial sound with Dolby Atmos in Apple Music, movies and TV shows, as well as dynamic head tracking on Apple devices.”
Apple claims that the AirPods 3’s extended battery life provides up to 30 hours of listening time.
Pre-orders for the new AirPods started on October 18 for $ 179. The new headphones will be released on October 26. Apple now offers a series of headphones that all look the same. Offering spatial audio support on the base AirPods 3 model will also help the adoption of the feature.
If anyone who buys a pair of AirPods can hear the difference between space audio and regular stereo, this is a game changer. This means that soundscapes rather than pieces of music will become more relevant than ever in future music production.
Spatial audio will do more to transform the music industry than lossless audio because you don’t need a pair of audiophile ears to hear the difference. The average Joe on the street can grab a pair of AirPods 3 and instantly hear the difference.
Spatial audio is also important for creating virtual spaces that feel real. The idea of a metaverse where people hang out in a digital place is being built, with the first prototypes in games like Fortnite and Roblox.