One of the likely contenders for Apple's March press event is a third-generation AirPods design. Continued leaks show a form factor similar to the AirPods Pro. While Apple is likely keeping advanced features such as Active Noise Cancellation for higher-end models, photos of the AirPods 3 offer a glimpse into where the base level wireless earphones are headed.
After a few years, the battery life on AirPods declines as the lithium-ion cells inside reach too many charging cycles. If your AirPods frequently need to be charged after only a short time of active use, it's likely the batteries can't sustain required power levels. AirPods batteries are relatively small cells tucked into the bottom of the in-ear wireless headphones.
The AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max have one thing in common, they all automatically switch between the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. This means if you're wearing AirPods and switch devices, the audio connection follows wherever the same iCloud account is used. For some situations, this feature can be an inconvenience.
Apple device owners can monitor and track headphone sound levels with iOS 14 and later. These features work best with AirPods, since they have built-in microphones. Still, the iPhone does its best to estimate sound levels in decibels with other headphones in use. Quick real-time analysis of audio level can help prevent hearing damage from excessive volume.
If your AirPods Pro are acting up, you may be able to get a free replacement pair directly from Apple. The company initiated its AirPods Pro service program to address sound issues experienced by some customers. The problems only occur in AirPods Pro manufactured prior to October 2020, and do not affect the charging cases at all.