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Apple AirPods (1st Gen)

Apple AirPods (1st Gen)
Brand: Apple
Category: AirPods
  • Battery Battery capacity (Case) 398 mAh
  • Chip Apple W1 headphone chip
  • Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2
AirPods (1st Generation)
AirPods 1st generation Technical Specifications

Product Brand: Apple

Editor's Rating:


  • Quick and easy pairing with Apple devices.
  • Long battery life with up to 5 hours of listening time.
  • Portable and lightweight design for easy on-the-go use.
  • Automatic on/off and ear detection for convenience.
  • Good sound quality for the price.


  • No water resistance rating.
  • No active noise cancellation.
  • Limited customization options for controls.
  • Compatibility may be limited with non-Apple devices.
  • No wireless charging case included.
  • Older model with potential connectivity issues with newer devices.

AirPods are wireless Bluetooth earbuds designed by Apple Inc. They were first announced on September 7, 2016, alongside the iPhone 7. Within two years, they became Apple’s most popular accessory. The most recent model, AirPods (3rd Generation), replaces the 1st and 2nd Generation models, although the 2nd Generation is still sold on Apple’s website. These models are Apple’s entry-level wireless headphones, sold alongside the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

In addition to playing audio, the AirPods contain a microphone that filters out background noise as well as built-in accelerometers and optical sensors capable of detecting taps and pinch (e.g. double-tap or pinch to pause audio) and placement within the ear, which enables automatic pausing of audio when they are taken out.

Apple announced the first generation of AirPods on September 7, 2016, at an Apple Special Event alongside the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple originally planned to release the AirPods in late October but delayed the release date. On December 13, 2016, Apple began taking online orders for AirPods. They were available at Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers, and select carriers on December 20, 2016.

AirPods contain a proprietary Apple W1 SoC processor, which helps optimize battery use and Bluetooth 4.2 and audio connections. The advanced connectivity functions of the W1 requires devices running iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, or later. They can also function as standard Bluetooth headphones when connected to any device that supports Bluetooth 4.0 or higher, including Windows laptops and Android devices.

Two microphones are inside each AirPod, one facing outward at ear level and another at the bottom of the stem. Each AirPod weighs 0.14 oz (5.29 gram), and its charging case weighs 1.34 oz (50.65 gram). The AirPods are capable of holding a charge of around five hours. Charging them for fifteen minutes in the case gives three hours of listening time.

The charging case provides 24 hours of total usage time. During a complete dismantling, each AirPod contained a 93 milliwatt battery in its stem, while the charging case contained a 1.52-watt-hour or 398 mAh at 3.81 V battery.

The model numbers for the first-generation AirPods are A1523 and A1722.

Production of the first-generation AirPods was discontinued on March 20, 2019, after the second generation was released.

AirPods will forever change the way you use headphones. Whenever you pull your AirPods out of the charging case, they instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac.

Audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out. To adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, or even get directions, just double-tap to activate Siri.

Full Technical Specifications

General Info

Device Type Earphones
Announced 07 September, 2016
Released 13 December, 2016
Headphone Type In-Ear
System on a chip Apple W1 headphone chip
Colors White
Price $159
Audio Technology Features Rich, high-quality audio and voice
Driver size 5.6mm

Model Info

Model number A1722 (Left AirPod) A1523 (Right AirPod) A1602 (Lightning case)
Model identifier AirPods1,1

Design Features

Sweat and Water Resistant No (IPX4)
Controls To adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, or even get directions, just double-tap to activate Siri.
Microphone Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Dual beamforming microphones
Dual optical sensors
Motion-detecting accelerometer
Speech-detecting accelerometer
Size and Weight (Each) AirPods (each): 0.14 ounce (4 g)
Charging Case: 1.34 ounces (38 g)

AirPods (each): 0.65 by 0.71 by 1.59 inch (16.5 by 18.0 by 40.5 mm)
Charging Case: 1.74 by 0.84 by 2.11 inch (44.3 by 21.3 by 53.5 mm)
In the Box AirPods, Charging Case, Lightning to USB Cable
System Requirements iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models with iOS 10 or later
Apple Watch models with watchOS 3 or later
Mac models with macOS Sierra or later
Accessibility Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new AirPods. Features include:

Live Listen audio
Headphone levels
Headphone Accommodations

Connectivity Features

Bluetooth Features Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. Yes
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Bluetooth Codec Support SBC,AAC

Battery Features

Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
Battery Life (Hrs) AirPods with Charging Case: More than 24 hours listening time, up to 11 hours talk time
AirPods (single charge): Up to 5 hours listening time, up to 2 hours talk time
15 minutes in the case equals hours listening time or over an hour of talk time
Charging Port Proprietary

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