And would you buy them?

How Much Would Noise-Canceling AirPods Cost?

April 24, 2019 Tech By

Apple AirPods 2 are out in the world and it seems like our attention has already moved on. What’s next? It looks like sweat-resistant AirPods are out of the question, at least for the time being with the impending arrival of the Beats Powerbeats Pro this summer, but rumors suggest AirPods 3 could have a noise cancellation feature. If the latest report by DigiTimes is to be believed, AirPods 3 could also arrive as soon as the holiday season.

So, how much will noise-canceling AirPods cost?

The easy answer: more than current AirPods ($159+). The truth is, however, that there’s really no much to compare them with. The only true wireless earbuds with noise-cancellation are the Sony WF-SP700N ($180), but as I’ve written in my review, the noise-cancellation feature doesn’t actually work well (if at all). The best wireless in-ear noise-canceling headphones are still made by Bose. The QuietControl 30 are technically “neck buds” meaning they have a wire that connects the two individual earbuds are wraps behind your neck — and they cost $300 (although they’re over a year old and you can find them online for a little less).

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If I were to speculate, noise-canceling AirPods would probably cost in-or-around the $250 mark. They could cost as much as $300. They’ll be expensive, for sure, but people will most definitely pay for them. AirPods are by far the most popular true wireless earbuds in the world — they command 75-percent of the global market share for true wireless earbuds — and noise-cancellation would fix one of peoples’ biggest gripes with them: that they let outside sounds and therefore aren’t great for busy commuters and travelers.

It’s worth questioning these latest AirPods 3 rumors, however. It took Apple over two years to release a second-generation of their popular wireless earbuds, so even with all their success, it’s tough to imagine that the company will turn around a third-generation version in well under a year. Apple has also gone out of its way to ensure the new AirPods look exactly like the originals, even with the extra features and processing power; it’s tough to imagine that AirPods 3, with all the extra components required for noise-cancellation, will be identical. Most likely, they’ll be chunkier.

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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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