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The Differences Between AirPods 1 and 2 vs. AirPods Pro vs. AirPods 3

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The AirPods 3 is the newest Apple AirPods product so far, and the release date is 26 October 2021,  the 3 generation is more like an upgrade version than the AirPods 2, for example, Sweat and water-resistant (IPX4), from 5 hours ( AirPods 2 ) to 6 hours of listening time on one charge, and 30 hours of listening time with charging case ( AirPods 2 only 24 hours ), other than this, charging case for the AirPods 3 support the Magsafe charging which AirPods 2 do not support before,

Attached are the pictures for the three main AirPods products different; AirPods Pro is the only product with Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode.

Difference between AirPods 1 and 2

The appearance design for the AirPods 1 and AirPods 2 is the same, only the AirPods 2 support wireless charging that has a light in front of the charging box; also AirPods 1 and AirPods 2 use the same AirPods protective cases, 

if you already have an AirPods 1 but want to have a wireless charging function, you only need to buy the Apple AirPods charging box. and AirPods 1 is no longer selling at, you can be only able to buy a used version if you want an AirPods 1.

AirPods 1AirPods 2
Chipset W1H1
Bluetooth version4.25.0
Wireless chargingNot( Charging by USB Cable ) Yes(With Wireless Charging box)
Siri Not Support Voice-activatedVoice-activated

Difference between AirPods 2 and 3

The new AirPods 3 only 50USD dollars more expensive than the AirPods 2, and AirPods 3 have new appearance design from inside and outside, it is not like the AirPods 1 and 2 or the AirPods Pro, it has a 100% new design,

if you have a surplus budget, definitely to choose the new AirPods 3, Because below are the main differences between AirPods 2 and AirPods 3,

AirPods 2AirPods 3
Sweat and water resistantNoYes
listening time on one charge5 hrs 56 hrs 6
listening time with charging case24 hours30 hours
Adaptive EQNoYes
Custom high-excursion Apple driver NoYes
Custom high dynamic range amplifieNoYes
Spatial audio with dynamic head trackingNoYes
Force sensor NoYes

AirPods 3 have more advantages than the AirPods 2 from our comparison list, so that is why we would recommend the new AirPods 3 if you have enough budget.

Difference Between AirPods Pro and AirPods Gen 3

After comparing the AirPods 1,2,3, we now to compare the AirPods Pro and the new AirPods 3 generation, first of all, the price difference for these 2 versions is only 70USD, the Apple company is very smart to give the prices on their products, you may think 70USD isn’t much difference, that makes you buy the Pro one, but is it worth it to buy the AirPods pro?

Let us check the difference first between the AirPods Pro and AirPods 3,

AirPods ProAirPods 3
Active Noise CancellationYesNo
Transparency modeYesNo
listening time on one charge4.5 hrs6 hrs
listening time with charging caseMore than 24 hoursUp to 30 hours
Silicone ear tips (three sizes)YesNo

First, they have different look no matter the size of the charging box or the inside earphones, but the main difference between the AirPods Pro and AirPods 3 is the active noise cancellation and transparency mode, due to this different performance, the AirPods Pro listening time is shorter than AirPods 3, if you’re not a professional musician or you do not have high-level requirements for sound quality, I think the AirPods 3 is enough because AirPods 3 has the longest battery life than the other two version, means you do not need to charge your AirPods all the time.

Lily Wang

Lily Wang

Hi, iam Lily, works at phone case and phone accessories field in China over 6 years now, iam interested in latest technical items.

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