AirPods (3rd generation) Technical Specifications

Audio Technology

  • Custom high-excursion Apple driver
  • Custom high dynamic range amplifier
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking1
  • Adaptive EQ

Sensors

  • Dual beamforming microphones
  • Inward-facing microphone
  • Skin-detect sensor
  • Motion-detecting accelerometer
  • Speech-detecting accelerometer
  • Force sensor

Chip

H1 headphone chip

Controls

  • Press once to play, pause, or answer a phone call
  • Press twice to skip forward
  • Press three times to skip back
  • Press and hold for Siri
  • Say “Hey Siri” to do things like play a song,  make a call, or get directions

Sweat and Water Resistant2
  • Sweat and water resistant (IPX4)

Size and Weight (Each)3

  • Height:

    1.21 inches
    (30.79 mm)

  • Width: 0.72 inch (18.26 mm)
  • Depth: 0.76 inch (19.21 mm)
  • Weight: 0.15 ounce (4.28 grams)
  • Height:

    1.83 inches
    (46.40 mm)

  • Width: 2.14 inches (54.40 mm)
  • Depth: 0.84 inch (21.38 mm)
  • Weight: 1.34 ounces (37.91 grams)

Charging Case

  • Works with MagSafe charger, Qi-certified chargers, or the Lightning connector

Battery

AirPods

  • Up to 6 hours of listening time with a single charge (up to 5 hours with spatial audio enabled)4
  • Up to 4 hours of talk time with a single charge5

AirPods with MagSafe Charging Case

  • Up to 30 hours of listening time6
  • Up to 20 hours of talk time7

5 minutes in the case provides around 1 hour of listening time8 or around 1 hour of talk time9

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth 5.0

In the Box

  • AirPods
  • MagSafe Charging Case
  • Lightning to USB-C Cable
  • Documentation

Accessibility

Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new AirPods.

Features include:

  • Live Listen audio10
  • Headphone levels
  • Headphone Accommodations

System Requirements11

  • iPhone and iPod touch models with the latest version of iOS
  • iPad models with the latest version of iPadOS
  • Apple Watch models with the latest version of watchOS
  • Mac models with the latest version of macOS
  • Apple TV models with the latest version of tvOS

Compatibility

iPhone Models

  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 712
  • iPhone 7 Plus12
  • iPhone 6s12
  • iPhone 6s Plus12
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)12

iPod Models

  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Mac Models

12
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015–2017)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012–Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012–2017)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018–2020)
  • MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012–Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012–Mid 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012–2020)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012–2019)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, two ports)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, four ports)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012–2017)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2012–Late 2013)
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015–2019)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014–2020)
  • iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012–Late 2018)
  • Mac mini (M1, 2020)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013–2019)

iPad Models

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)12
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch12
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 212
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 412

Apple Watch Models

12
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 1

Apple TV Models

  • Apple TV 4K
  • Apple TV HD12

AirPods and the
Environment

AirPods (3rd generation) are designed with the following features to reduce their environmental impact:13

Made with better materials

  • 100% recycled rare earth elements in all magnets
  • 100% recycled aluminum in the hinge of the MagSafe Charging Case
  • 100% recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board of the MagSafe Charging Case

Energy efficient

  • Meet U.S. Department of Energy requirements for battery charger systems14

Smarter chemistry15

  • Mercury-, BFR-, PVC-, and beryllium-free

Green manufacturing

  • Apple’s Zero Waste Program helps suppliers eliminate waste sent to landfill
  • All final assembly supplier sites are transitioning to 100% renewable energy for Apple production

Responsible packaging

  • 100% of virgin wood fiber comes from responsibly managed forests
  • 90% or more fiber-based packaging

Apple Trade In

Apple Trade In lets you recycle any Apple device at any Apple Store and on apple.com for free.16

See how it works

Apple and the Environment

We’re committed to making our products without taking from the earth, and to become carbon neutral across our entire business, including products, by 2030.

See Apple’s commitment

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Which AirPods are
right for you?

AirPods 2nd generation

Spatial audio unavailable

Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode unavailable

Sweat and water resistance unavailable

Lightning charging

5 hrs

Up to 5 hours of listening time with a single charge 7 16 15 11 18 8 14 9 12

New

AirPods 3rd generation

Spatial audio with
dynamic head tracking 4 13 12 1 1 1 1 1 1

Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode unavailable

Sweat and
water resistant 5 14 13 2 2 2 2 7 10

MagSafe, wireless, and
Lightning charging 6 15 14 10 17 7 13 8 11

6 hrs

Up to 6 hours of listening time with a single charge 7 16 15 11 18 8 14 9 12

Spatial audio with
dynamic head tracking 4 13 12 1 1 1 1 1 1

Active Noise
Cancellation and
Transparency mode

Sweat and
water resistant 5 14 13 2 2 2 2 7 10

MagSafe, wireless, and
Lightning charging 6 15 14 10 17 7 13 8 11

4.5 hrs

Up to 4.5 hours of listening time with a single charge 7 16 15 11 18 8 14 9 12

Spatial audio with
dynamic head tracking 4 13 12 1 1 1 1 1 1

Active Noise
Cancellation and
Transparency mode

Sweat and water resistance unavailable

Lightning charging

20 hrs

Up to 20 hours of listening time with a single charge 7 16 15 11 18 8 14 9 12

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