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:

    30.79 mm
    (1.21 inches)

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

    46.40 mm
    (1.83 inches)

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

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 fibre comes from responsibly managed forests
  • 90% or more fibre-based packaging

Apple Trade In

Apple Trade In lets you recycle any Apple device at any Apple Store and on apple.com/ca/ 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

$159

Spatial audio unavailable

Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode unavailable

Sweat- and water-resistant 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

AirPods 3rd generation

$199

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

AirPods Pro  

$249

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

AirPods Max  

$549

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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