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AirPods Pro 2 vs. AirPods 3rd Gen.: The Real Comparison (Hardware & Features)

The new AirPods Pro 2 is among the best ANC EarPods for iPhone users. However, if you are planning to switch from the AirPod Pro to the new AirPods Pro 2, they may have some confusion in between; let’s check it out.

The old version always comes with the deal, and the new one sells at almost the full price; you have to decide whether you stay on the AirPods Pro or go to the AirPod Pro 2 model.

AirPods 3rd Gen.
AirPods Pro 2
Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) Wireless Earbuds with Lightning Charging Case. Spatial...
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Wireless Earbuds, Up to 2X More Active Noise...
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Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) Wireless Earbuds with Lightning Charging Case. Spatial…
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Wireless Earbuds, Up to 2X More Active Noise…
ANC
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
H Chip
H1 headphone chip
H2 headphone chip
U Chip
U1 Chip in MagSafe Case
Sensor
Force sensor
Touch control
AirPods 3rd Gen.
Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) Wireless Earbuds with Lightning Charging Case. Spatial...
Title
Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) Wireless Earbuds with Lightning Charging Case. Spatial…
ANC
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
H Chip
H1 headphone chip
U Chip
Sensor
Force sensor
AirPods Pro 2
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Wireless Earbuds, Up to 2X More Active Noise...
Title
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Wireless Earbuds, Up to 2X More Active Noise…
ANC
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
H Chip
H2 headphone chip
U Chip
U1 Chip in MagSafe Case
Sensor
Touch control

Audio Features

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC): The latest AirPod Pro 2 offers the best ANC experience compared to our previous versions. However, when you consider the AirPods Pro, the experience for the new ANC is exceptional. I would say, If you are planning to switch from AirPods Pro to this Pro 2, ANC is just one of the main reasons to switch from your previous model. You may see all other features are almost the same compared to the previous versions. You may think twice before spending money on the new AirPod Pro 2.

AirPods Pro 2 Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
AirPods Pro 2 Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature on AirPod Pro 2 is superb.

When you turn on the Active Noise Cancellation feature on AirPod Pro 2, it’s superb, and you feel amazed by the quality of the surrounding noise cancellation. You feel the difference between the old AirPods Pro and the new Pro 2 version with the powerful ANC.

AirPods-Pro-2-and-iPhone
AirPods-Pro-2-and-iPhone

The ANC performance in high frequency is still debatable, and the high-frequency noise cancellation with the Pro 2 is not up to the line compared to the overall ANC performance.

The active Transparency feature is a little bit improved on the latest AirPods Pro 2, but not a significant change compared to the AirPods 3rd Gen.

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
NAActive Noise Cancellation (ANC)
NAActive Transparency
NAAirPods Pro Pressure Vent
Audio Features of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro

AirPods Vent System is a new hardware change in the new AirPods, the pressure vent. You may notice this additional vent system for pressure equalization, so you won’t feel that much pressure difference while you wear it all day.

Related: Apple AirPods Pro 2 Review: Great Earbuds with Super ANC

Hardware Changes

When we talk about the hardware difference between the previous versions of the AirPod and the new AirPod Pro 2, we can highlight a couple of things here.

AirPods-Pro-EarBuds-Sensors
AirPods-Pro-EarBuds-Sensors

The first one is the H2 chip that you is an upgrade from the previous AirPods version that was using H1. With the H2 chip on the new AirPods Pros, they would have some improvement in performance and efficiency.

AirPods-Pro-FindMy-Location
AirPods Pro FindMy Location

The efficiency in terms of the sound quality and the battery life. The battery life might be slightly improved with the new chip. You can see a minor difference in the battery life of the Pro 2 version.

I always misplace my AirPod Case, and I always use this feature.

Some additional hardware changes get some attraction for the new AirPods models. As you know, the new AirPods Pro Case is built with a U1 chip that helps you precisely locate your missing items the same way you do with the AirTag. In the same way, the AirTag lets you precisely find it, and the new AirPod Pro case lets you find out if you misplaced your new AirPod Pro case somewhere in your home. This is pretty handy; I always misplace my AirPod Case and use this feature. So if you are one like me, always misplace your AirPod; this will be the best feature you’ll like with AirPod Pro 2.

There is an additional charge on this AirPod Case; this one comes with an external case speaker. The case speaker can make a noise, and you can use this feature to find out you’re missing AirPod Case by playing a sound right from your FindMy app. In addition, the AirPods case can alert you when you place it on the charger or run out of battery.

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
H1 headphone chipH2 headphone chip
NAU1 Chip in MagSafe Charging Case
Wireless Charging Lightning Port CaseWireless Charging, Lightning Port
and Apple MagSafe Charging Case
NACase with speaker and lanyard loop
NACase Engraving on Software
NAAirPods Pro Pressure Vent
NAPersonal Engraving on AirPods App
Hardware of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro

In addition, the AirPods Pro 2 case comes with a lanyard loop that you can use to attach AirPod Case to your car key or backpack.

AirPod Pro 2 Speaker and Lanyard Loop
AirPod Pro 2 Speaker and Lanyard Loop

There is a considerably slight difference between the AirPod Case size compared to the previous AirPods Gen.3. If you are going to buy an AirPods Pro case for the new AirPods Pro2 or if you are planning to use the same case for the AirPods Pro 2, I wouldn’t recommend that. The case is a little bit bigger than the previous version and won’t be a good match with the old AirPods cover.

AirPods-Pro-2-Engrave
AirPods-Pro-2 Engrave

There is a surprise feature from Apple from AirPods Pro 2 versions; you can see the same engraved emojis or icons on your iPhone AirPods apps too.

Related: How to Set up Personalized Spatial Audio for AirPods Pro on iPhone

Connectivity

There is not much change in the connectivity of the new AirPod Pro 2 compared to the previous models. The Bluetooth version changed from 5 to 5.3. I believe they may have some battery saving with the improved Bluetooth connectivity with this new AirPods Pro 2.

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.3
Sensors of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro

Sensors

The new version brings the touch control instead of the force sensor that had on AirPod Gen. 3. You can press and hold or press to control the music, and you can swipe up or swipe down to control the volume of the music or the car on the new AirPod Pro 2.

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
Force sensorTouch control
Sensors of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro

Also, while you talk about the sensor, I say the U1 chip is integrated into the AirPod Pro case. This will help you precisely find out the case in case you misplaced your AirPod Pro case with the FindMy app.

Related: Best Apple AirPods Pro 2 Accessories: Chargers, Cases, Tips, Hooks, and More

Dimension Changes

The are some changes in the new AirPods Case dimensions. I like to include this part in this article because everybody’s thinking about using the old AirPod Pro case with the new one. I would say that’s not possible with the new AirPod Pro 2 cases.

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
Height: 1.21″Height: 1.22″
Width: 0.72″Width: 0.86″
Depth: 0.76″Depth: 0.94″
Weight: 0.15 ounceWeight:0.19 ounce
Dimension of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro

The new case is slightly bigger than the old one. So if you have the old cover around there and want to use the old case for the new one, I would say the new one is going to be tight, and you may be unable to get it back.

There is a chance to break your original case when you try to take it out of the case. It is good to go for a new AirPod Pro case if you plan to use any case for your new device.

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
Height: 1.83″Height: 1.78″
Width: 2.14″Width: 2.39″
Depth: 0.84″Depth: 0.85″
Weight: 1.34 ounceWeight: 1.79 ounce
Dimension of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro Cases

There is a change in the dimension of this AirPod Pros case compared to the previous versions. I’m just going to give you the dimension of all these new and old AirPods. You get some idea of what is the difference between those two devices.

AirPods Pro vs. AirPods Gen. 3 Controls

The functions look the same, but changes are based on how you control the functions. The AirPod Pro, the old version, uses the force control instead of the touch control. Just to make it easy for you to understand, here are the controls for both the AirPods and the difference.

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
Press once to play, pause,
or answer a phone call
Press once to play, pause,
or answer a phone call
Press twice to skip forwardPress twice to skip forward
Press three times to skip backPress three times to skip back
Press and hold for SiriPress and hold for Siri
NAPress and hold to switch between
ANC and Adaptive Transparency
NaSwipe up or down to adjust the volume
Say “Hey Siri” to Activate SiriSay “Hey Siri” to Activate Siri
Controls of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro

The new version comes with a touch to control rather than a pressure sensor. In addition, there are a couple of other nice improvements in the new controllers.

Battery & Charger

There is not much improvement in the battery life. I’ll be talking about the new AirPod Pro, but since they improved with the H2 chip and Bluetooth ovation 5.3, there is a slight improvement in the battery life of this AirPod Pro 2 compared to the previous version.

Here is a table that explains the battery life changes between those two devices to get an idea for you.

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
Up to 6 hours of listening time
Up to 5 hours with Spatial Audio
Up to 6 hours of listening time
Up to 5.5 hours with Spatial Audio
Up to 4 hours of talk timeUp to 4.5 hours of talk time
Battery Life of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro

The case supports and offers additional battery juice. And with the new Pro 2 Case, offers additional talk time.

AirPods (3rd Gen.) w/ CaseAirPods Pro 2 w/ Case
Up to 30 hours of listening timeUp to 30 hours of listening time
Up to 20 hours of talk timeUp to 24 hours of talk time
Battery Life of AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro Case on MagSafe Charger

The new AirPods Case has an additional option to change your AirPods case, the Apple Watch MagSafe charger.

What’s In the Box

AirPods (3rd Gen.)AirPods Pro 2
AirPods (3rd generation)AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
MagSafe Charging CaseMagSafe Charging Case with
speaker and lanyard loop
Lightning to USB-C CableLightning to USB-C Cable
DocumentationDocumentation
NASilicone ear tips
(four sizes: XS, S, M, L)
What’s in the Box AirPods 3rd Gen. vs. AirPods Pro

What is in the box? We have the same documentation and AirPod Case with the new AirPods. But in addition to that, there is a different size of silicon ear-tips. You can use your new AirPod Pros to ensure you get the best feel of the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC).

AirPods-Pro-2-Ear-Tips
AirPods-Pro-2-Ear-Tips

When you come back to both AirPods, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)is the best, which is extremely great. It’s amazing how you feel when you switch from the old AirPod Pro to the new one. The battery life is not considerably changed with the new version. We want to discuss the main thing that the U1 chip integrated into this new AirPod Pro case will help you keep this AirPod Pro with you.

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If you are planning to switch from AirPod Pro to a Pro 2, you are not getting that much other than ANC. But if you have any old versions of AirPods or are planning to buy a new AirPod Pro on this holiday deal, the AirPod Pro 2 will be the best bet for you to enjoy with your new iPhone.

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