While Google is gearing up to officially unveil Android 12, Pixel 5a, and more at Google I / O 2021 on May 18, Apple might be looking to rain on its parade. According to a report, the Cupertino giant plans to quietly introduce the AirPods 3 on May 18. Apple could also announce a hi-fi tier for Apple Music alongside its latest TWS earbuds.
Rumor about the AirPods 3 release date
According to YouTuber Luke Miani (via AppleTrack), the company will announce the third-generation AirPods via an official press release. There will be no hardware events for this release. And well, it sounds plausible because Apple has done it multiple times in the past. The AirPods Pro, iPad Pro 2021, and other new devices were released through just one blog post.
Now, you must ask yourself, what’s new in third-generation AirPods? According to some recent reports, the AirPods 3 will feature a similar design to the AirPods Pro. However, this does not mean that Apple will provide silicone tips in the upcoming earbuds. You could just trim the stem, change the outer casing, and finish it.
High fidelity lossless audio level from Apple Music
In addition to AirPods 3, Apple is expected to follow in the footsteps of Spotify and announce a level of hi-fi music for Apple Music. Well, the launch looks imminent as references to this level of high fidelity lossless audio have been spotted in the Apple Music beta app on Android.
Discovered by 9to5Google, Apple Music APK teardown reveals details about this next level of high-quality audio. The company describes the Hi-Fi level by saying: “Lossless audio files preserve all the details of the original file. Turning this on will consume a lot more data. ” It then goes on to mention how many songs of a particular audio quality you can download to fill 10GB of space on your device. And this is how it goes:
- 3000 songs in high quality
- 1000 lossless songs
- 200 songs with lossless high resolution
The description found in the app’s source code also details how much data it will consume while streaming songs, for example your new AirPods 3. “Lossless transmission will consume significantly more data. A 3 minute song will be approximately: – 1.5 MB with high efficiency – 6 MB with high quality at 256 kbps – 36 MB lossless 24 bit / 48 kHz – 145 MB with high resolution lossless 24 bit / 192 kHz “ according to the report.
So yes, Apple could update its website and press room on May 18 to launch AirPods Tier 3 and Apple Music Hi-Fi. Keep your eyes peeled and be on the lookout for more information.