At its second fall event of the year where Apple showcased the new M1-powered MacBook Pro models, the company also launched its new AirPods (3rd generation). These earbuds have an updated design and plenty of other additions that Apple thinks warrant a $179 price tag. Along with them, the company has also unveiled new colors for its HomePod mini range and a cheaper Apple Music plan. The third-gen Apple AirPods grab a design that’s reminiscent of the AirPods Pro. They come with a Force sensor for pressure controls and offer hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ functionality. Moreover, support for Dolby Atmos in Apple Music is also present on these earbuds. In fact, the new Apple Music plan called Apple Music Voice only works with Siri. You can access it at the low price of $4.99 a month. It is limited to one person and does not include lossless audio support, music videos, and lyrics. Coming back to the AirPods (3rd generation), they ship with a custom driver and an HDR amplifier that are claimed to augment bass output and deliver clean high frequencies. The presence of the AAC-ELD codec helps them deliver full HD voice quality for FaceTime calls. Plus, there’s Adaptive EQ support that is claimed to help tune sound in real-time based on how AirPods fit in the user’s ear. A feature that has jumped from the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max is spatial audio that uses dynamic head tracking. However, the Active Noise Cancellation technology of those devices still hasn’t made it to these new earbuds. https://youtu.be/-5y2YqrlOr4 What’s great is that wireless charging support is standard on these AirPods. As for the battery life, up to six hours of listening time and up to four hours of talk time can be harnessed. A total listening time of up to 30 hours can be grabbed using the charging case. The Apple AirPods (3rd generation) will start shipping on October 26.