AirPods and What You Need to Know
- The dimensions of both AirPods models are identical.
- The battery life is one of the most significant differences.
- To determine which version you have, use Siri or the Settings app on your iPhone.
The differences between Apple’s AirPod earbuds’ first and second models are minor but significant. Here they are, along with instructions on how to determine which version you have.
What Is the Difference Between AirPods 1 and 2?
You won’t notice any visual variations between the two AirPods base models if you take a brief look. They’re the same height and weight. However, if you already own the 2016 model, the 2019 AirPods 2 have some new hardware that makes them worth upgrading to. Here’s a rundown of the latest features.
Chips: W1 vs. H1
Apple’s W1 chip is included in the original AirPods and some Beats headphones. The Apple Watch uses later versions of this processor.
Apple’s latest audio interface standard is the newer H1 processor. This chipset is also used in the AirPods Pro, AirPods Max headphones, and other Beats headphones like the Powerbeats and Powerbeats Pro, in addition to the 2019 AirPods.
The following are some distinctions between the W1 and H1 chips:
- To access Apple’s digital assistant, the newer H1 supports the “Hey, Siri” vocal button. You could only unlock Siri with the original AirPods by pressing one of the pods.
- H1 chips have 30% less Bluetooth latency than W1 chips. When listening to music, you might not notice the difference, but if you wear it when playing games or watching movies, you might.
- H1 chips, which support Bluetooth 5, are also faster than W1 chips at connecting to other devices, such as an iPhone (which supports Bluetooth 4.2).
Battery Life: There Isn’t Much of A Difference
Between the headphones and the extra charges you get from the wireless case, Apple says that all styles of it will accommodate up to 24 hours of listening time (five hours per charge). However, because of the new chipset’s energy efficiency, it claims that the newer version would allow you to talk for longer.
According to Apple’s fact sheets, AirPods 1 have a two-hour talk time, while the new model has a three-hour talk time. Even so, you might not find much of a difference in the day-to-day use of either edition.
Compatibility: Make sure you’re up to date in order to take advantage of all of the features.
The initial AirPods were compatible with iOS 10 and later phones and tablets, Apple Watches running watchOS 3 and up, and Macs running macOS Sierra or later (10.12). Those minimum requirements should suffice to get the most out of AirPods 2, but you’ll need iOS 13 or iPadOS to access all of the functionality.
Since AirPods attach via Bluetooth, they can be used with non-Mac computers and Android phones. However, you do not have access to all features; non-Apple devices, for example, may not have Siri.
How to Know Which Version of AirPods You Have
If you want to know which generation your AirPods are, there are a few ways to figure it out. However, you must first learn the model numbers for both models. They are as follows:
A1523 or A1722 are the first AirPods.
A2032 or A2031 AirPods 2
The easiest (but most difficult) way to find the model number of your Pods is to look on the earbuds themselves. The model and serial number are printed in small print underneath the earpiece on each earbud.
You can also use your iPhone to search. Open Settings and pick Bluetooth in iOS 14 and later. Then, under About, tap the I icon next to your Pods and look for the model number.
Go to Settings > General > About in earlier versions of iOS, and then tap the name of your Pods. The model number will be shown on the next screen.