Apple introduces 3rd gen AirPods with spatial audio, extended battery life

Apple also announced that the HomePod mini will come in three new colours – yellow, orange, and blue – from November.
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Apple on Monday, October 18, announced that the third generation of AirPods featuring spatial audio that starts from Rs 18,900 will be available in India. The newest generation of AirPods will be available to order from the online Apple store starting from Monday, with availability in stores beginning October 26.

By combining the power of the H1 chip with an Apple-designed acoustic system, the new AirPods use computational audio to deliver breakthrough sound with Adaptive EQ, the company said.

Users can enjoy spatial audio featuring Dolby Atmos in Apple Music, movies, and tv shows, along with dynamic head tracking, across Apple devices.

It further said that the extended battery life enables up to six hours of listening time and up to 30 hours of total listening time with the convenient charging case.

"We are excited to introduce the next generation of AirPods, featuring unrivalled sound through Adaptive EQ and spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, along with seamless interaction between Apple devices — making the world's best-selling headphones even better," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

AirPods (2nd generation) will be available at Rs 12,900 and AirPods Pro now come with MagSafe Charging Case for the same price of Rs 24,900.

Apple said it is introducing HomePod mini in three new colours – yellow, orange, and blue – starting in November and will cost Rs 9,900.

Standing 3.3 inches tall, the HomePod mini is said to offer a great music-listening experience, the intelligence of Siri, and smart home capabilities, with privacy and security built-in.

"HomePod mini sounds incredible, and with access to more than 90 million songs in the global Apple Music catalog and deep integration with your Apple devices, it's the must-have smart speaker for iPhone users," said Bob Borchers, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

The company also announced Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription tier for Apple Music designed around the power of Siri, at Rs 49 per month.

"With Siri actively used on hundreds of millions of devices worldwide, we are thrilled to add this new plan that delivers an effortless music experience just by using your voice and makes Apple Music accessible to even more people around the world," said Oliver Schusser, Apple's vice president of Apple Music and Beats.

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