Bloomberg reported that the upcoming AirPods 3 will have shorter stems, a design first introduced with a Beats headset – it should be Beats Studio Buds, which have been seen twice adorning the ears of celebrities. They actually have shorter, barely there stems.
According to leakster Jon Prosser Beats Studio Buds cost $ 150. By comparison, the only current Beats TWS model is Powerbeats Pro, which has an MSRP of $ 250 (but is currently down to $ 170). Base AirPods are $ 160.
Beats Studio Buds will be available in red, black and white
Beats Studio Buds have active noise reduction and USB-C charging. It is very possible that the upcoming AirPods 3 will have the same hardware base as this Beats model (maybe save to the USB-C port).
Prosser reports that Studio Buds will launch on July 21 on a specific, unnamed operator. It’s unclear if they will be available in the Apple Store before then. According to the latest reports, AirPods are not even expected until next year.