AirPods have excellent sound quality, but they lack any sort of noise cancelation. That means that you can’t really drown out loud ambient nosies unless you’re listening to music at an unhealthy volume. But not to worry, noise cancelation may very well be on the docket for AirPods 3.
Bloomberg and other sources have reported that AirPods 3 will sport some sort of noise cancelation technology. It isn’t clear whether it’ll feature physical analogue cancelation or active noise cancelation, as there have been rumors suggesting both. Another report suggests that the noise-canceling AirPods 3 would be more expensive, but could be sold alongside “standard” AirPods.