1st gen airpods vs 2nd gen

The new AirPods are visually identical to the first-generation model. Highlights Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) design and specifications. For a limited time you can get up to 60% off of some of our most popular cases and more! Don't waste any time and save now. Prices as shown on the product page. Now that Apple's second-generation AirPods have hit the market, A1523/A1722 are first-gen AirPods, A2032/A2031 are second-gen AirPods.

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Like it or not, Apple AirPods is today most iconic Bluetooth headset.

AirPods Gen 1 (first released back in 2017) and AirPods Gen 2 (first released in 2019) are almost identical – in fact Apple made them purposely to be physically identical.

If you intend to buy AirPods at Apple Store or any trusted Apple Authorized Reseller, you shouldn’t be worry – because they won’t lie/cheat you, however if you intend to buy either a brand new one but in non Apple stores or buy a second hand or used AirPods, here are tips and easy way to spot differences between the first generation of AirPods and the second generation AirPods so you know what you are buying and won’t get cheated.

Here’s how to differentiate between AirPods Gen 1 and AirPods Gen 2

Just for your information, there is only 1 version of AirPods Gen 1, however there are 2 versions of AirPods Gen 2, the one with wireless charging case and the one without wireless charging case.

At a glance, here are the differences. Detail explanation below.

# AirPods
Gen 1
AirPods
Gen 2
AirPods
Gen 2
with wireless
charging case
Part Number Contains MEF2Z Contains V7N2Z Contains RXJ2Z
AirPods Model Number A1523, A1722 A2032, A2031 A2032, A2031
Case Model Number A1602 A1602 A1938
Case LED Light IndicatorInside, at the top Inside, at the topOutside, at the front
Voice activated SiriNoYesYes

Here are the detail explanations.

1) Part Number

To see AirPods part number, get into the AirPods box, check at the bottom part of the box, there’s you’ll see Part Number.

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If Part Number contains MEF2Z, this is AirPods Generation 1.

If Part Number contains V7N2Z, this is AirPods Generation 2 with normal charging case.

If Part Number contains RXJ2Z, this is AirPods Generation 2 with wireless charging case.

2) AirPods Model Number

To check AirPods Model Number, here’s how to do it.

a) Sync the AirPods with the iPhone (or other compatible iOS device).

b) Once synced, go to Settings > General > About

c) Scroll down until you see the name of your AirPods.

d) Tap the name, and you’ll see the model number. 

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If the Airpods Model Number is either A1523 or A1722 , this is AirPods Generation 1.

If the Airpods Model Number is either A2032 or A2031, this is AirPods Generation 2 regardless you buy it with normal charging case or with wireless charging case.

Alternatively, if you can’t sync the AirPods to the iPhone, take one of the Airpods and check the underside of each AirPod, the model number is printed there.

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3) Case Model Number

To check the AirPods Case Model Number, here’s how to do it.

a) Open the case lid.

b) On the right inner side of the lid, take a peek, you should find the case model number on it.

If the Airpods Model Number is A1938, this is AirPods with wireless charging.

If the Airpods Model Number is A1602, this is normal AirPods case without wireless charging. Unfortunately you won’t be able to really differentiate if the case is coming from 1st gen or 2nd gen AirPods since they are physically identical – however you can always check the warranty. See below.

4) Case LED Light Indicator

To check Case LED Light Indicator, here’s how to do it.

a) Grab the AirPods case, open and close the lid to check where’s the location of the LED Light.

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If the LED Light Indicator is located on the front part of the case, that means it’s the wireless charging case.

If the LED Light Indicator is located inside the case, that means it’s the normal model with no wireless charging. However, like the Case Model Number, using the Case LED Light Indicator unfortunately you won’t be able to really differentiate if the case is coming from 1st gen or 2nd gen AirPods since they are physically identical – however you can always check the warranty. See below.

5) Voice Activated Siri

To check if the AirPods supports voice activated Siri, here’s how to do it.

a) Pair the AirPods to your iPhone. Once connected, try saying “Hey Siri”. If Siri responds, then skip the rest of the steps, otherwise please continue to the next step.

b) If “Hey Siri” is not responding to your call, ensure you have setup “Hey Siri”. By right, when you first setup a 2nd generation AirPods, you’ll be guided to setup “Hey Siri”. But just in case you missed or forgot about it, follow the subsequent steps.

c) Go to Settings > Siri & Search.

d) Turn on Listen for “Hey Siri”.

e) If prompted, follow the instructions to Set Up “Hey Siri”.

f) Also turn on the option to Allow Siri When Locked.

If after doing the steps, “Hey Siri” responds to you, this is AirPods Generation 2.

If after doing the steps, “Hey Siri” still not responding to your call, this is AirPods Generation 1.

Here’s how to check AirPods Warranty and know which gen is the AirPods

After all the checking you have done above, you may want to check the warranty. Not only you will get to know when the AirPods was bought (if it’s a second hand AirPods), you’ll also get to know the model – whether it’s the first gen AirPods or second gen AirPods.

To check the AirPods warranty, here’s how to do it.

a) Open the following URL on your browser: https://checkcoverage.apple.com.

b) Get the AirPods Serial Number. You can get it on these 3 places: on the box, on the case, or under Settings > General > About > <Your AirPods Name here>.

c) Key in the AirPods Serial Number on the check coverage page then key in the code, and hit Continue.

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d) On the check coverage page, you’ll get the AirPods generation info as well as the estimated expiration date.

Now with these 2 info: generation model and estimated expiration model, you’ll have a better clarity if you would like to proceed buying the (second hand) AirPods or skip it.

How to check AirPods Battery Health – Rule of Thumb

Unlike iPhone, on AirPods so far there’s no battery health indicator telling how much capacity left it has.

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However as a good rule of thumb, you can use the warranty as indicator of AirPods Battery Health. If you are planning to buy a second hand or used AirPods, try buying those within the warranty period – which means the AirPods is less than one year old, where battery capacity should be a lot better compared to AirPods age one year old plus.

Bring it all together

Now with this guide, buying AirPods shouldn’t be something you need to worry of.

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How to check the model of your AirPods and charging case

Now that Apple’s second-generation AirPods have hit the market, there are variety of scenarios in which you might need to check the model of AirPods or charging case.

If you’re thinking of buying used or refurbished AirPods or maybe won the Apple’s popular wireless earphones in a giveaway, it’s good to confirm which model you’re looking at. Read on below for a few ways to differentiate between the first- and second-generation AirPods and wireless and standard charging cases.

How to check the model of your AirPods and charging case

AirPods

  1. If your AirPods are connected to your iPhone or iPad, tap Settings → General → About → then swipe down to AirPods where you’ll find the model number and serial number
  2. If the AirPods aren’t connected, you can find the model number in a tiny font on the inside of each earbud (you may need a magnifying glass)
  3. If you have the box you can find the model number on the bottom edge
  4. A1523/A1722 are first-gen AirPods, A2032/A2031 are second-gen AirPods

Charging case

  1. If you have an LED on the outside of the case, it’s the wireless charging case (also supports Lightning charging)
  2. If your LED is on the inside of the case, it’s the standard charging case (supports Lightning charging only)
  3. You can also find the model number of the charging case in the upper right portion of the top of the case’s lid as shown below

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Wireless charging case on left with exterior LED, standard charging case on right

More details on identifying your AirPods and charging case can be found on Apple’s support document.

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The latest AirPods look familiar, but it's what's inside that counts. Starting at $159/£159 ($199/£199 with wireless charging case), the second-generation AirPods are smarter and faster than before, thanks to the new H1 chip. You can summon Siri by simply speaking its name, have it read incoming messages and answer calls hands free. AirPods owners can also share audio with friends just by quickly tapping their iPhones together.

However, for the price, Apple doesn't push the envelope when it comes to features. The second-gen AirPods are not water or sweat-resistant, and there's no ambient-listening mode. For those features and noise cancelling, check out our AirPods Pro review. However, the AirPods Pro cost $249. For those on a budget, the regular AirPods are among the best wireless earbuds for the money.

See our AirPods vs AirPods Pro face-off if you need help deciding which wireless earbuds to buy.

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The AirPods with the standard charging case costs $159/£159, and you'll pay $199/£199 if you want the wireless charging case included. Be sure to check our best AirPods deals page for the latest discounts.

AirPods design

When the original AirPods debuted back in 2016, I thought they were reminiscent of the hair gel joke from the movie "Something About Mary." But Apple has had the last laugh, as the disembodied buds have gone on to become a status symbol, launching several popular memes. Hell, it’s rare for me not to see several pairs of the white doodads over the course of my morning-evening commute.

It goes without saying that Apple didn't have to tweak much of anything, so it didn’t. The 0.14 ounce, 0.7 x 0.7 x 1.6-inch buds are still cased in glossy white plastic protruding into a long stem that’s capped off by silvery chrome. A series of diminutive dark-gray grilles adorn the head of the buds.

While I didn't expect Apple to deviate wildly from what's obviously a successful design, I was disappointed that it's not taking a page out of Samsung's book and offering different color palettes. At least match your phones and give me a black or space gray, sheesh! And it would have been nice if the company made the AirPods truly sweat- and water-resistant. But I doubt the lack of certification will stop these babies from showing up at the gym.

While I didn’t expect Apple to deviate wildly from what's obviously a successful design, I was disappointed not to see multiple color palettes.

The only clue that these are indeed the 2nd-generation AirPods is the wireless charging case, but it's very easy to miss. Both the current and previous-generation cases are made of the same shiny white plastic as the buds, with the same rear-mounted pairing button and the chrome-lined Lightning port.

But if you want to determine whether you're looking at a standard charging case or a wireless case, check out the front. If there's a pinhole light, you've got a wireless case. It's a small change, but it keeps me from incessantly flicking the lid open and closed.

The other way to tell is the hinge. The hinge on the new wireless charger is made of anodized metal, whereas the standard case has a shiny metal strip. Due to the extra components, the 1.4 x 0.8 x 2.1-inch wireless case is slightly heavier than the standard one (1.7 x 0.8 x 2.1 inches) at 1.4 ounces compared with 1.3 ounces.

But no matter which case you choose to get, you can now get it laser-engraved for free after popular demand.

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AirPods comfort

Since they share the same dimensions as the previous AirPods, the second-gen AirPods have that lightweight effortlessness that I love. The 0.14-ounce buds nestle gently into my ear, never causing any uncomfortable pressure. Once they're in, they kind of fade into the background, which speaks to their comfort, but also freak me out.

The buds are small, even with my freakishly small ears, and I'm always anxious about losing an AirPod, especially on those occasions that I'm barreling down the stairs in Grand Central Station trying to catch the 6 train. There's never been but the slightest jostle, but in that moment I’m picturing myself trying to protect the runaway bud from being stepped on, falling down a crevasse or onto the tracks. It's never happened (knock on wood), but the AirPods are so tiny and so expensive ($69/£65 per replacement bud) that it worries me.

The 0.14-ounce AirPods nestle gently into my ear, never causing any uncomfortable pressure.

Paranoia aside, I wore the AirPods for over 2 hours, taking meetings, watching videos and listening to music in the utmost comfort. They're one of the most comfortable truly wireless buds I've had the pleasure of testing. I think the Samsung Galaxy Buds come closest to matching them.

AirPods pairing and switching speed

Connecting the original AirPods to an iPhone was fast — wicked fast. I put this to the test with an iPhone XS Max and found that it took the AirPods only 3.2 seconds to connect to the smartphone while the older pair took 5.1 seconds. Like the original AirPods, once the buds are connected, a small widget pops up showing the battery life of the Pods and the charging case.

The extra bit of pick up and go comes from Apple's new H1 chip, which the company says enables the AirPods to offer longer talk times, greater battery life and device switching that is twice as fast as its predecessor. Switching between the XS Max and my MacBook Pro took the new AirPods 2.8 seconds, while the older model finished in 4.3.

It only took the new AirPods 3.2 seconds to connect to the smartphone while the older pair took 5.1 seconds.

If you’re like me and own an Android phone, figuring how to connect AirPods to an Android device will take a little more work, but not much. In order to use the new AirPods with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 I just needed to press the round button on the back of the charging case. The old AirPods took 4.9 seconds to connect while the new models finished the task in 3.1 seconds. The button can also be used to reset the Bluetooth connection to an iOS device.

But the speed doesn't stop once you're connected. The H1 chip is also good for mobile games, cutting audio latency while gaming by 30 percent.

AirPods Siri intergration

Not only are the second-gen AirPods faster, they’re also smarter -- at least when it comes to Siri. This is the first pair of Pods to feature hands-free Siri. That’s right, instead of having to tap out your Siri requests on those long, thin AirPod stems, you can simply say “Hey Siri,” and launch the ubiquitous digital assistant.

Naturally, the feature worked beautifully in the fairly quiet environment of the Tom's Guide office. But I was really impressed when I uttered the magic words on a New York City street during rush hour with police sirens and horns blaring. I didn't even have to yell — in fact, I’m pretty sure I mumbled the phrase, but, just like that, my music paused as Siri waited to hear the rest of my command. Of course, "Hey Siri" doesn't work with Android phones, but for iPhone users, it's pretty cool.

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Just in case you have to get tactile, you can adjust the buds' double-tap shortcuts in Settings. For instance, I set the right bud to skip tracks forward and the left to skip backward.

Instead of having to tap out your Siri requests on those long, thin AirPod stems, you can simply say "Hey Siri," and launch the ubiquitous digital assistant.

Hands-free Siri is cool and all, but what I really need Apple to work on next is adding adjustable ambient noise, similar to what the Jabra Elite Active 65t offers. 

While I expected to hear the heavy-hitters of NYC traffic as I made my way to the subway stop, hearing the conversation of the two women walking in front of me was a bit jarring. I had the volume at 75 percent, but could clearly hear what they were saying. I'd rather be an empowered eavesdropper with the ability to adjust how much ambient noise gets in via a companion app than an unwilling one.

It'd also be nice if Apple would create an equalizer so I can finally have the opportunity to hear my music the way I prefer. And it wouldn't hurt to add a fitness tracker that keeps tabs on heart rate and other metrics for all the gym rats. Oh, well, maybe next time.

AirPods sound quality

While Apple made several improvements to the AirPods, audio quality didn't make the cut. Don't get me wrong, the AirPods deliver good audio quality, with a solid soundstage and clean vocals. However, the bass can be a little cold and boomy at times, while the highs can be somewhat recessed.

When I listened to Lizzo's "Tempo" featuring Missy Elliot on the second-gen AirPods, the deep bass was always at the cusp of overtaking the rest of the track, save for Lizzo and Missy's bombastic vocals. The electric guitar at the top of the track was scratchier than what I heard with the Jabra Elite Active 65t. And while the bass was definitely aggressive, there wasn't any crowding, especially on Lizzo's flute solo toward the end.

I noticed that the higher parts of Kevin Ross' mostly acapella rendition of "Prototype" were a little stretched on the AirPods, but I heard every piece of the three-part harmony. However, I couldn't hear the quick piano component of the track as cleanly as I did on the Elite Active 65t. And thanks to the Jabra' buds wider soundstage, the harmonizing vocals had more room to breathe, making for a warmer presentation

The AirPods delivered a better performance on H.E.R.'s "Focus," delivering a beautifully delicate harp that was crowded by the big bass, but not so much that the artist's vulnerable vocal couldn't shine through. Still, the Elite Active 65ts had more precise lows, which allowed me to hear the percussion better.

AirPods battery life and charging case

Just like the old AirPods, Apple claims the second-gen AirPods can last 5 hours on a charge. And thanks to the H1 chip, the company also says the Pods deliver 50 percent more talk time. I got 4 hours and 49 minutes out of the AirPods. That time was spent binging the last four episodes of Season 2 of The Dragon Prince and falling into the oozy rabbit hole of Dr. Pimple Popper on YouTube, I listened to Solange's latest album, and I talked to my dad for 30 minutes.

When it's time for a charge, just pop the AirPods back into their charging case, which will provide up to 24 hours of additional charge when charging either wirelessly or over Lightning. And just like its predecessor, the wireless charging case will deliver 3 hours of listening time and 2 hours of talk time from 15 minutes of charge.

But as the name suggests, the biggest difference between the two charging cases is one can wirelessly charge.  All you need is Qi-compatible charger. Sadly, Apple cancelled its AirPower charging mat, so you'll have to turn to the likes of Mophie and Anker. When I used my colleague's Mophie charger, the amber indicator lit up in seconds. Granted, it's not as cool as the Galaxy Buds wireless charging feature, where you just place the earbuds and their case on the Galaxy S10's rear panel, but it really comes in handy when you don’t have a Lightning cable handy.

AirPods Bluetooth 5.0 benefits

Powered by Bluetooth 5.0 instead of last gen's 4.2, the new AirPods offer a more stable connection. Walking through NYC, you're going to encounter a dead spot sooner or later that causes your wireless headphones to drop out for a brief second. I didn't have that experience with the AirPods 2. I walked from Bryant Park to the 33rd Street stop on the 6 train bopping every step of the way without any drop out.

In terms of range, I managed to leave my phone at my desk and walk to the center of the office — a distance of 50 feet. It's not surprising as Bluetooth 5.0 promises longer wireless range and improved battery life. 

AirPods call quality

With its four integrated microphones, the Elite Active 65t are the gold standard for truly wireless earbuds. But Apple's H1 chip and dual mics are not to be trifled with. When I called my mom on a NYC street, the call quality was so clear she heard the nasalness in my voice. And while she couldn't hear much background noise, I could tell that she was talking to me from the Bluetooth in her car.  I agreed with mom's assessment that the Jabras sounded just as good, with one difference— the Jabra’s were clear enough that I could hear my niece shyly saying hi in the background.

While I don't think I’ll be taking advantage of this (I text more than I talk), the AirPods’s estimated 3 hours talk time is a plus.

Bottom line

Faster, smarter, longer-lasting, the AirPods are still at the top of the heap for iPhone owners. Apple has given people what they want with wireless charging and a hands-free approach to Siri. And the fact that the buds offer longer talk time and faster pairing are icing on the cake, especially since the old AirPods' pairing was near instantaneous. 

However, $199/£199 is a bit pricey for a pair of truly wireless buds, especially when you've got the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Buds offering wireless charging for a mere $129/£139. And ounce-for-ounce when it comes to features, the AirPods can't hold a candle to the $175/£149 Jabra Elite Active 65t with its host of adjustable add-ons. Still, if you're invested in the Apple ecosystem, you've got to have the new AirPods.

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Airpods are popular and expensive. For that reason, scammers sell either fake Airpods or market products as Gen 2 Airpods when they are in fact Gen 1. Unfortunately, the Airpods’ appearance didn’t change between the two generations. As a matter of fact, the Gen 1 case will charge the Gen 2 AirPods and vise versa.

How to Check if Your Airpods are Gen 2

Naturally, there’s a difference in price between the two generations and some added functionality to the gen 2 Airpods. These were released in early 2019, and some models come with a wireless charging case.

Read on for a detailed guide that will help you verify that your Airpods are gen 2. We also have more tips and tricks for your Airpods here.

Check the Model Number

The most reliable way of finding out if your Airpods are gen 1 or 2 is checking the model number. This is a foolproof way of establishing your Airpods’ authenticity, and it isn’t hard to figure out.

The model number of your Airpods is located on the underside of each case and on each Airpod. As stated previously, the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Airpods look similar and can be charged in each others’ case. It’s a good idea to check each component for the appropriate model number.

The model numbers for each component correlate to their Generation as follows:

Gen 1 Airpods

Gen 2 Airpods

AirPods Pro

The newest in the lineup of mini bluetooth devices follow the same rule but is unmistakable compared to other two based on appearance alone.

Wireless Charging Case

If you’re prepared to pay premium price for a wireless charging case, be preapared to check that the serial number matches that of the case:

Lightning Charging Case

The Lightning Charging Case is pretty basic and requires a lightning cable to charge. It’s a great case because it’s interchangable between the two models:

Lastly, and just to reiterate the importance, checking each Airpod for it’s appropriate serial number is vital to your ability to use the Airpods. Unfortunately, a case that has mismatched Airpods is unable to pair. Your iPhone will throw a message that the Airpods are mismatched and will not allow you to pair them.

Another device like a Samsung device, won’t throw any error codes, it just won’t pair.

Check the Model Number Using iPhone

If you can’t see this small text, don’t despair. There’s an alternative method for checking the model number. But you’ll need your iOS device if you have one connected to your Airpods.

Follow these steps to retrieve the model number on your device:

  1. On your device, open the Settings menu, then choose the General section, and tap on About.
  2. Go through the list until you find the name of your AirPods (e.g. Lisa’s Airpods). Tap on the name.
  3. The manufacture information should appear, showing you the model number among other things.

Again, if you have the model number compare it to these numbers: Airpods (gen 1) have model numbers A1722 and A1523; Airpods (gen 2) have model numbers A2031 and A2032. If your model number doesn’t match any of these, you might have a fake set of Airpods – which happens a lot.

Therefore, always buy Airpods directly from Apple or their official resellers.

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Check Your Charging Case

The charging cases for Airpods are interchangeable (you can charge gen 1 Airpods with the gen 2 charging case and vice versa). Again, the best way is to check the model number. The wireless charging case (gen 2) has the model number A1938.

They have a lightning connector at the bottom of the case which serves for plug-in charging. The status light is visible at the front of the case, while the model number is on the bottom side of the lid.

The lightning charging case (gen 1) has the model number A1602, which is also located on the bottom side of the lid. As is the lightning connector. However, the status light is visible inside the charging case.

Other Noteworthy Differences

The updated Gen 2 Airpods have many additional upgrades compared to the first Airpods. The switching time between connected devices is two times faster than with the original Airpods. They also have better voice and audio quality overall.

Also, they have an additional hour of talk time. Furthermore, they can either be voice-activated or double-tapped for Siri, Apple’s voice assistant. The latency is 30% lower than when using the original Airpods.

Most of the benefits of the Gen 2 Airpods feature come from the H1 chip. This chip enables better connectivity, audio quality, and reduces latency. The original Airpods had a W1 chip, which isn’t bad at all, but it can’t compete with the H1 chip.

Activating Siri on the old Airpods is somewhat harder because you need to double-tap one of your Airpods. Voice activation is the way of the future, as it feels more intuitive and simpler. Just say “Hey, Siri” and see if Siri activates. You can also use this to see if you have vanilla Airpods or Airpods gen 2.

Buying the wireless charging case for either of your Airpods is optional. But it’s costly, so you have to decide if this feature is worth the money. Definitely complain to Apple if you paid for the wireless case and got a regular one.

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Brand New Airpods

Fans of Apple products generally like keeping track of new Apple inventions. If you’re a die-hard fan, and you liked the original Airpods, the 2nd gen Airpods are definitely for you. They have better call quality, battery life, reduced latency, etc.

The price difference is actually not that high unless you decide to grab a wireless charging case too. Assess your needs and make a decision yourself. Now you know the clear distinction between Airpods and Airpods gen 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my Airpods are real?

With three years on the market, Apple’s competitors and other tech companies have created some phenomenal looking knock-offs. Unfortunately, these hardly work the same or have the same functionality.

If you aren’t sure whether a set of Airpods are real or fake, visit the Apple warranty page and type in the serial number. If no warranty information appears (even if it’s an expired warranty) the Airpods are fake.

What happens if I have two different generations of Airpods?

The two will still charge in the same case but you won’t be able to pair them with any devices. You can purchase one replacement Airpod from Apple if you need to.

Leave a comment below if you have any additional questions or queries.

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Echo Buds (2nd Gen)  <h3>1st gen airpods vs 2nd gen - </h3> <div><div><p>Airpods are popular and expensive. For that reason, scammers sell either fake Airpods or market products as Gen 2 Airpods when they are in fact Gen 1. Unfortunately, the Airpods’ appearance didn’t change between the two generations. As a matter of fact, the Gen 1 case will charge the Gen 2 AirPods and vise versa.</p><img src=

Naturally, there’s a difference in price between the two generations and some added functionality to the gen 2 Airpods. These were released in early 2019, and some models come with a wireless charging case.

Read on for a detailed guide that will help you verify that your Airpods are gen 2. We also have more tips and tricks for your Airpods here.

Check the Model Number

The most reliable way of finding out if your Airpods are gen 1 or 2 is checking the model number. This is a foolproof way of establishing your Airpods’ authenticity, and it isn’t hard to figure out.

The model number of your Airpods is located on the underside of each case and on each Airpod. As stated previously, the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Airpods look similar and can be charged in each others’ case. It’s a good idea to check each component for the appropriate model number.

The model numbers for each component correlate to their Generation as follows:

Gen 1 Airpods

Gen 2 Airpods

AirPods Pro

The newest in the lineup of mini bluetooth devices follow the same rule but is unmistakable compared to other two based on appearance alone.

Wireless Charging Case

If you’re prepared to pay premium price for a wireless charging case, be preapared to check that the serial number matches that of the case:

Lightning Charging Case

The Lightning Charging Case is pretty basic and requires a lightning cable to charge. It’s a great case because it’s interchangable between the two models:

Lastly, and just to reiterate the importance, checking each Airpod for it’s appropriate serial number is vital to your ability to use the Airpods. Unfortunately, a case that has mismatched Airpods is unable to pair. Your iPhone will throw a message that the Airpods are mismatched and will not allow you to pair them.

Another device like a Samsung device, won’t throw any error codes, it just won’t pair.

Check the Model Number Using iPhone

If you can’t see this small text, don’t despair. There’s an alternative method for checking the model number. But you’ll need your iOS device if you have one connected to your Airpods.

Follow these steps to retrieve the model number on your device:

  1. On your device, open the Settings menu, then choose the General section, and tap on About.
  2. Go through the list until you find the name of your AirPods (e.g. Lisa’s Airpods). Tap on the name.
  3. The manufacture information should appear, showing you the model number among other things.

Again, if you have the model number compare it to these numbers: Airpods (gen 1) have model numbers A1722 and A1523; Airpods (gen 2) have model numbers A2031 and A2032. If your model number doesn’t match any of these, you might have a fake set of Airpods – which happens a lot.

Therefore, always buy Airpods directly from Apple or their official resellers.

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Check Your Charging Case

The charging cases for Airpods are interchangeable (you can charge gen 1 Airpods with the gen 2 charging case and vice versa). Again, the best way is to check the model number. The wireless charging case (gen 2) has the model number A1938.

They have a lightning connector at the bottom of the case which serves for plug-in charging. The status light is visible at the front of the case, while the model number is on the bottom side of the lid.

The lightning charging case (gen 1) has the model number A1602, which is also located on the bottom side of the lid. As is the lightning connector. However, the status light is visible inside the charging case.

Other Noteworthy Differences

The updated Gen 2 Airpods have many additional upgrades compared to the first Airpods. The switching time between connected devices is two times faster than with the original Airpods. They also have better voice and audio quality overall.

Also, they have an additional hour of talk time. Furthermore, they can either be voice-activated or double-tapped for Siri, Apple’s voice assistant. The latency is 30% lower than when using the original Airpods.

Most of the benefits of the Gen 2 Airpods feature come from the H1 chip. This chip enables better connectivity, audio quality, and reduces latency. The original Airpods had a W1 chip, which isn’t bad at all, but it can’t compete with the H1 chip.

Activating Siri on the old Airpods is somewhat harder because you need to double-tap one of your Airpods. Voice activation is the way of the future, as it feels more intuitive and simpler. Just say “Hey, Siri” and see if Siri activates. You can also use this to see if you have vanilla Airpods or Airpods gen 2.

Buying the wireless charging case for either of your Airpods is optional. But it’s costly, so you have to decide if this feature is worth the money. Definitely complain to Apple if you paid for the wireless case and got a regular one.

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Brand New Airpods

Fans of Apple products generally like keeping track of new Apple inventions. If you’re a die-hard fan, and you liked the original Airpods, the 2nd gen Airpods are definitely for you. They have better call quality, battery life, reduced latency, etc.

The price difference is actually not that high unless you decide to grab a wireless charging case too. Assess your needs and make a decision yourself. Now you know the clear distinction between Airpods and Airpods gen 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my Airpods are real?

With three years on the market, Apple’s competitors and other tech companies have created some phenomenal looking knock-offs. Unfortunately, these hardly work the same or have the same functionality.

If you aren’t sure whether a set of Airpods are real or fake, visit the Apple warranty page and type in the serial number. If no warranty information appears (even if it’s an expired warranty) the Airpods are fake.

What happens if I have two different generations of Airpods?

The two will still charge in the same case but you won’t be able to pair them with any devices. You can purchase one replacement Airpod from Apple if you need to.

Leave a comment below if you have any additional questions or queries.

Источник: https://www.alphr.com/how-to-check-if-your-airpods-are-gen-2/

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Echo Buds (2nd Gen)  <div><h2>Apple launches second generation AirPods with wireless charging</h2><div><p>Apple has launched a new version of its hugely popular wireless earbuds, the AirPods, with long-anticipated wireless charging and longer battery life.</p><p>The second-generation AirPods look identical to the previous version, complete with a white stalk that looks like a set of earphones with the cables cut off. But now the earbuds last longer when used for phone calls between charges and support hands-free access to Apple’s Siri voice assistant.</p><p>The updated AirPods contain the new H1 chip, which is designed to ensure a stable connection to the smartphone, says Apple, something that still proves difficult for many manufacturers of truly wireless earbuds.</p><p>Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said the new Airpods offered “an extra hour of talk-time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case”.</p><p>The latest Apple AirPods are on sale for £199 ($199) with a wireless charging case, which closely resembles the previous Lightning cable-only case from 2017 but with an exterior charging indicator light. The case can be charged via any standard Qi-compatible charger in the same way as Apple’s recent iPhones.</p><p>For those not interested in wireless charging, the AirPods are also available with a cheaper cable-only charging case for £159 ($159).</p><p>Either version of the earbuds gives up to five hours of continuous music playback, or three hours of phone calls, and can be charged just under four times by the battery in the case.</p><p>The wireless charging case can be purchased on its own as an accessory for existing AirPods for £79 ($79).</p><figure></figure><p>Apple’s original AirPods prompted ridicule from some quarters over their appearance, with some describing them as “like a tampon without a string”. But two years later they have become a hit, visible in the ears of millennials everywhere, generating four times more sales than the iPod did at the same time in its lifecycle, according to Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook. The second-generation AirPods are expected to continue that trend.</p><p>The launch follows updates to the company’s iPad Air and iPad Mini lines, as well as the iMac, and precedes Apple’s media event next Monday in Cupertino, California, where the company is expected to unveil a series of subscription services, including TV streaming.</p></div>Источник: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/mar/20/apple-launches-second-generation-airpods-with-wireless-charging</div> <div><h2> 				Apple’s 3rd-gen AirPods vs the 2nd-gen AirPods			</h2><div><p>Here’s how Apple’s new 3rd-gen AirPods stack up against their 2019 2nd-gen predecessor.</p><p>The first thing worth outlining is Apple’s full AirPods lineup. At the bottom end, there are the AirPods ($179). Above that are the new 3rd-gen AirPods at $239, and at the top of the spectrum, there are the AirPods Pro at $329.</p><p>Outside of this trifecta, there are also AirPods Max and several Beats earbuds with similar features.</p><p>But for now, let’s compare the 2nd-gen AirPods to their new 3rd-gen successor.</p><h3>The looks</h3><p>Compared to the original AirPods, the new wireless earbuds are a little smaller and sit at a bit more of an angle in your ears than the AirPods Pro.</p><p>You could easily mistake them for AirPods Pro from a distance, but up close, you’ll notice that they don’t feature a silicone tip and are a little smaller. This will likely make them less effective at keeping out background noise, but they’ll also take up less pocket space.</p><p><img src=

The new AirPods (3rd gen) also feature a slight indentation on each stem that lets you squeeze them to ‘play/pause’ music or hold to access Siri. While this new control method doesn’t add more functionality, it’s a less convoluted way to control audio than an ill-defined touch-sensitive zone and is the same as the AirPods Pro.

Features

Apple says that its new AirPods feature better sound and have a better mic than their predecessor. This is likely an accurate claim given how old the audio architecture and design of the original AirPods are.

Further, the new Buds and their case are IPX4 water-resistant, ensuring they can withstand a few drops of rain just like the AirPods Pro. The new AirPods also feature dynamic head tracking and a MagSafe-compatible Wireless charging case.

All of the buds, including the originals, support Hey Siri and feature Apple’s H1 chip for seamless connections to Apple products.

3rd-gen AirPods

Where the new AirPods excel is that they have the longest battery life of all of Apple’s AirPods. Each earbud can last for 6 hours on its own and 30 hours total with the charging case.

The 3rd-gen AirPods also feature skin sensors in each ear designed to ensure they’re better at auto-pausing and playing audio when they’re in your ears. Apple says the old optical sensor can be fooled by being placed in a pocket or on a table, emphasizing that the new design works more effectively.

For all of our coverage from Apple’s event, follow this link.

Image credit: Apple

Source: Apple 

Источник: https://mobilesyrup.com/2021/10/18/apples-3rd-gen-airpods-vs-2nd-gen-airpods/
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