What technical characteristics for the AirPods 3? Our opinion

characteristics for the AirPods 3

Technical characteristics


The third generation of AirPods embeds Spatial Audio technology, on which everyone can form an opinion since not all ears can really tell the difference. the AirPods 3, it is also an adaptive equalization. Still for the audio technical characteristics, Apple also tells us that its AirPods 3 incorporate a “ custom-designed high-excursion transducer ”.

AirPods 2021 review (audio technical characteristics): no active noise reduction, too bad when you know that others such as the AirPods Max wireless headphones are entitled to it.

Built-in sensors

The AirPods (3rd generation) are paired thanks to the integration of a Bluetooth sensor with low energy consumption. It is also this solution that makes it easy to find them in the event of loss, thanks to the proprietary Lociser app. The official technical specifications of the AirPods 3 also specify that the headphones have two accelerometers. One is dedicated to motion detection, while the second allows voice recognition (?).

Obviously, there are also microphones on the AirPods 2021. In order to challenge Siri and make calls.

AirPods 2021 review (sensor technical characteristics): pairing in seconds, what more could you ask for?


The AirPods 3 specs mention an H1 chip. It is a proprietary processor, assembled by TSMC in Asia. It’s the same part found in the AirPods Pro, which are a higher-end version of the duo .

AirPods 2021 review (CPU technical characteristics): a SoC that is starting to date a little, but which remains very fast. Nothing to say, then.

Charge third-generation AirPods

Third-generation AirPods do not have a USB-C port. On the other hand, they recharge via Lightning and an adapter is dedicated; practice. The AirPods 3 case is also MagSafe compatible, which allows for example to power them wirelessly using Apple’s eponymous dual charger.

The AirPods 3 alone can last up to six hours in a row, or thirty with their MagSafe case.

AirPods 3 review (power supply): we validate MagSafe 100%! 

Design: mixed review

We thought that the technical characteristics of the AirPods 3 were really going to change. But ultimately, not too much. Thus, the AirPods (3rd generation) are still entitled to these “stems” which we do not really know where they come from or what they are used for, although their size has been reduced.

The 2021 AirPods are only available in white. They are IPX4 certified to resist water.

AirPods 3rd generation review (form factor): for such a price, we would expect real waterproofing.

How to control AirPods 3?


AirPods 3 can be controlled by voice with the Siri voice assistant. Order an Uber, find out the weather, follow the news, send an SMS… Everything is possible!


The AirPods 2021 are also equipped with a small touchpad. This offers several standard controls:

  • single long press : trigger Siri
  • single short press : start playback of a title, pause or answer a call
  • two short presses : go to the next track
  • three short presses : to go back

Third-generation AirPods review (controls): The choice is wide.

Final notice

You must have guessed it from reading these technical characteristics: the AirPods 2021 are without hesitation excellent Apple headphones. These are for us the best to go with an iPhone, with a Mac or with a tablet or iPad. Indeed, features like Handoff or Siri are quickly essential.

Unfortunately, the price of AirPods 3 may be too expensive compared to the competition. Users who are looking for active noise reduction will also choose the AirPods Pro, or the AirPods Max. In short, the AirPods (3rd generation) are a real success, but when you have the means.

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