AirPods (3rd generation) - Technical Specifications

AirPods (3rd generation) - Technical Specifications

Year introduced: 2021
Identify your AirPods

Audio Technology

  • Custom high-excursion Apple driver
  • Custom high dynamic range amplifier
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking
  • 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 Weight3

AirPods (each)

  • 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) 

MagSafe Charging Case

  • 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 charge

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 timeor around 1 hour of talk time

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 Models12

  • 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 Models12

  • 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 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 


  1. Spatialize Stereo supports stereo content with iOS 15 or later, Apple Music with Dolby Atmos or 5.1, and video content recorded in 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos from supported applications.
  2. AirPods (3rd generation) and AirPods Pro are sweat and water resistant for non-water sports and exercise. AirPods (3rd generation) and AirPods Pro were tested under controlled laboratory conditions, and have a rating of IPX4 under IEC standard 60529. Sweat and water resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge wet AirPods (3rd generation) and AirPods Pro; refer to https://support.apple.com/kb/HT210711 for cleaning and drying instructions. The Wireless Charging Case and MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods Pro are not sweat or water resistant.
  3. Size and weight vary by configuration and manufacturing process.
  4. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. With Spatial Audio with Head Tracking enabled, listening time was up to 5 hours. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  5. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod stopped playback. The drained AirPods were charged to 100 percent, then audio playback was resumed until the first AirPod stopped playback. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  7. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. The drained AirPods were charged to 100 percent, then the cellular phone call was restarted until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  8. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods that were charged for 5 minutes, then audio playback was started until the first AirPod stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  9. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods that were charged for 5 minutes, then a cellular phone call was started until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  10. Requires the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  11. AirPods can be used as Bluetooth headphones with Apple devices using earlier software and with non-Apple devices, but functionality is limited.
  12. Audio Sharing not supported.
  13. Data accurate as of product launch.
  14. Efficiency performance is based on the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Conservation Standards for Battery Chargers.
  15. Apple defines its restrictions on harmful substances, including definitions for what Apple considers to be “free of,” in the Apple Regulated Substances Specification. Every Apple product is free of PVC and phthalates with the exception of AC power cords in India, Thailand (for two-prong AC power cords), and South Korea, where we continue to seek government approval for our PVC and phthalates replacement.
  16. MagSafe charging requires a compatible MagSafe charger. Wireless charging requires a Qi-certified wireless charger.
  17. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See apple.com/batteries for details.