AirPods 3 vs. AirPods Pro: Everything you get by buying the newer pair

Those shopping for a new pair of AirPods now have three types of earbuds to choose from. Apple’s $179 third-generation AirPods (£169, AU$279) became available on Oct. 26 after the tech giant announced them during its recent event on Oct. 18 The new earbuds are essentially a cross between the high-end $249 AirPods Pro (£239, AU$399) and the entry-level $129 AirPods (£119, AU$219), both of which are available alongside the new model.

True to the rumors, Apple’s new AirPods have a lot in common with the high-end AirPods Pro. The stems are shorter and the earpieces are shaped more like the AirPods Pro’s, except they retain the older model’s open design rather than changeable tips.

The main difference between the new AirPods and the AirPods Pro continues to be active noise cancellation, which is still exclusive to the pricier model.