AirPods 3 teardown reveals new skin sensor, small similarities with AirPods Pro

After its launch last month, the AirPods 3 are finally available in retail stores and on the Apple website. This generation of Apple’s true wireless earbuds is similar to the AirPods Pro, but comes at an affordable price of $ 179. A detailed teardown from 52audio reveals how the AirPods 3 differ from their more expensive counterpart.

The AirPods 3 offers features like Spatial Audio, Adaptive EQ, and new speaker drivers that are optimized for low distortion. It lacks active noise cancellation and silicone earplugs like the AirPods Pro. As expected, dismantling is not easy because the device has been taped shut and has to be levered open for repairs. This affects the repairability of the AirPods 3.

Each AirPods 3 earbud includes a new skin-recognition sensor that is not easily fooled by other surfaces – a first for the AirPods family. An FPC cable is used to connect all of the components to a small battery that sits between the speaker housing and the microphone. This battery has a nominal capacity of 133 mWh, an increase over the 93 mWh capacity of the AirPods 2.

A new set of magnets was found in the charging case with which the case is attached to the MagSafe charger. No other AirPods have had this feature so far. The case contains the Lightning port, the logic board and a 345 mAh battery, which is smaller than the 398 mAh battery of the AirPods 2. It also has a graphite thermal pad to help dissipate the heat generated during charging and derive. Interestingly, the AirPods 3 charging case has one large battery pack instead of the two separate, smaller batteries that can be seen in the AirPods Pro charging case.

If you want to see what leaks when your dog chews up the AirPods 3, check out the teardown video below

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