A Chinese tipster, going by the name of Uncle Pan Pan, has shared on Weibo an image of what he claims to be AirPods 3. The case and the earbuds have a similar design as AirPods 2, apart from slight differences in cutouts for sensors and noise flow. The tipster claims that AirPods 3 and third-generation Apple Pencil are being readied for release. The tipster did not offer any hint on a possible release date, but we may see at least one of these products at Apple’s Spring event on April 20.
The upgraded Apple Pencil may launch alongside the rumoured iPad Pro (2021) models. A recent leak suggested that the next-gen Apple Pencil may have a glossy finish and a detachable nib. An Apple patent in the past also suggested that the company could bring a major new feature to the Apple Pencil through the ability of changeable tips. This hints that the stylus may support a tip module with paint, ink, or even graphite in the future.
Last month, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that AirPods 3 are not ready for mass production yet, and may launch sometime in Q3 2021. Even though the image leak is too close to the event, it may be a while before Apple releases the product in the market.