Apple's given its immensely popular AirPods another refresh. But with the previous-generation AirPods still available - and with a price cut - which ones should you go for?
Of course, there are also plenty of alternatives to Apple's AirPods, and we've tested models that include more features, despite being much cheaper. Some also look uncannily similar AirPods.
Read on to find out what sets them apart, then check out our reviews to see which ones manage to scoop a Which? Best Buy award.
The stems of the earpieces are now 1cm shorter, and the earpieces slightly angled towards your inner ear.
Apple also trumpets what it calls 'spatial audio' - a feature that, when enabled, is designed to simulate a surround-sound experience.
Battery life has also been improved. Apple claims this third-generation model adds an extra hour of listening, meaning you should now be able to listen for six hours straight before needing to charge them from the case - enough to last even the longest Spotify sessions.
Wireless charging is also now standard; with the previous-generation pair you need to pay more for the version with the wireless charging case.
Alongside the usual Qi wireless charging method (compatible with many modern smartphones), the new AirPods also support Apple's own MagSafe standard. MagSafe chargers use magnets to ensure the device is optimally-positioned, helping to speed up charging.
|Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)||Apple AirPods (2nd Gen)|
|RRP||£169||£119 (standard, not wireless, charging case)|
|Claimed battery life (earpieces)||Up to 6 hours of listening time||Up to 5 hours of listening time|
|Claimed battery life (earpieces with charging case)||Up to 30 hours of listening time||More than 24 hours of listening time|
|Earpiece stem length||3.1cm||4.1cm|
|Case size in cm (HxWxD)||4.6 x 5.4 x 2.1||5.4 x 4.4 x 2.1|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Splash resistant (IPX4) earpieces||Yes||No|
Both these AirPods are compatible with Apple and Android devices, although owners of Apple devices get extra features, such as the ability to check the battery level of the AirPods and automatic pausing when you take them out of your ears.
Apple's AirPods are so high-profile it's easy to forget there are alternatives, but there are plenty to choose from. Check out the three we've featured below, clicking through to the reviews to see how well they performed in our professional tests.
The Huawei Freebuds 4i look uncannily similar to the Apple AirPods, with the main difference being the oval-shaped charging case.
They're designed for Android users, with the accompanying Huawei AI Life app, which lets you adjust settings, being available only for Android devices (although the Freebuds can be used on Apple devices if you're happy to stick to the default settings).
They're available in white, black or bright red, with Huawei promising ten hours of continuous playback.
Sony certainly struck a chord with the popular Sony WF-1000XM3, which continue to be popular despite being a few years old now. They include a noise cancelling feature, with Sony claiming that you'll hear 'only music, nothing else', and are fully compatible with Apple iOS and Android devices.
Apple's fierce smartphone rival Samsung also has its own line of truly wireless headphones. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is their top-of-the-range pair, adding active noise-cancelling for only £10 more than the RRP of the new Apple AirPods.
They're designed for Samsung and other Android devices - the accompanying Samsung Galaxy Wearable app isn't available for Apple devices.
The Galaxy Buds Pro have a sleek compact design and Samsung promises high-quality 'studio sound' tweaked by audio specialists AKG.