Apple has launch the first-gen Airpods for three years, while the second-gen launch alongside with iPhone 14, plus few Apple watches. Although the second-gen AirPods Pro feature have the same design as their predecessor, they improve on features like Active Noise Cancellation, in-ear detection, and battery life, while introducing new functionality like Adaptive Transparency, volume adjustment touch controls, and precision finding.
In the late 2021, Apple announced a major updates on Airpods, by having a new earbuds feature with Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking, swear and water resistance, and skin-detector sensors.
Differences between Airpods Second-Gen and Third-Gen
|Airpods Second Gen||Airpods Thirds Gen|
|In-ear design with silicone ear tips (four-sizes)||Semi in-ear design|
|Vent system for pressure aqualization||Force Sensor Control|
|Force sensors and touch controls for volume adjustment||H1 chip|
|H2 Chip||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Bluetooth 5.3||Up to hours listening time with Spatial Audio enabled|
|Active Noise Cancellation||Up to 4 hours of talk time with a single charge|
|Transparency and Adaptive Transparency||Up to 20 hours of talk time using MagSafe Charge Case|
|Conversation Boost||MagSafe Charging Case with Find My|
|Up to 5.5 hours listening time with Spatial Audio enabled||Magsafe Charging Case compatible with MagSafe charger, Qi wireless charging mats, and Lightning|
|Up to 4.5 hours of talk time with a single charge|
|Up to 24 hours of talk time using MagSafe Charge Case|
|MagSafe Charging Case with Find My|
|Magsafe Charging Case compatible with MagSafe charger, Qi wireless charging mats, and Lightning|
Although both of the Airpods offer almost all of the same features. As a result, the third-generation AirPods should be the default choice for most prospective buyers. If you also have AirPods Max, which already offer ANC, and are looking for an additional pair of headphones to use while working out or on the go, the third-generation.