How to know the difference between Airpods 1 and Airpods 2

Apple AirPods are among the best wireless earbuds in the world. Apple first launched their earbuds in 2016 and the second generation came three years later in 2019 when they launched Airpods 2 and Airpods Pro.

We shall be answering the question “what are the differences between Airpods 1 and Airpods 2?” and how you can easily identify the two Airpods in this article.

When we consider the colour and style of the two Airpods there are not so many differences between the two on the outside. They also both fit the same as they rest in the ear but there are still some updates that may want you to prefer the second-gen Airpods to the original AirPods. Airpods 2 for instance lets you summon Siri by simply using your voice unlike in Airpods 1 where you will need to first tap it.  This new feature lets you adjust your device volume and even make phone calls without having to touch your iPhone.

In terms of music sound, the Airpods 2 sounds similar to the original one and also has a sensor that knows when the Airpods is in your hear.

Now, let’s breakdown these differences step-by-step

Identify the difference between Aipods 1 and Airpods 2 by design

If perhaps your reason for wanting to get Airpods w2 is because of the design only, I’m sorry to say this but there is no difference between their designs as they both look alike and there are no additional designs to spice things up.


Airpods 1 uses W1 chip, while Airpods 2 uses H1 chipset. With the H1 processor, there is a more stable faster wireless connection between the buds and other devices and also connect calls close to 2 times faster than the previous W1 chipset.

Battery life

In their battery life comparison, there is an upgrade to the AirPods 2 battery life as users have 50% longer call times. Another fascinating thing about the upgrade is that Airpods 2 case now has over 24 hours of battery life which should last you for at least a week and even more. Airpods 2 also came with three hours of listening time up from 2 hours of Airpods 1.

Wireless charging case

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Airpods 2 is their wireless charging case, and there is good news for you if you are an Airpods 1 user because you don’t need to buy a new charging case before you can join the wireless charging trend.

The difference in LED locations

Airpods 1 has its charge indicator located inside the charging case whereas, for Airpods 2, the LED charge indicator is located in front of the charging case.


When the Airpods 1 was released in 2016, the came with a price tag of $159. With the Airpods 2 now in the market, buyers have multiple options to choose from including first-generation users who want to upgrade to the wireless case.

  • AirPods 2 with wireless charging case ($199)
  • Airpods 2 with charging case ($159)
  • Wireless charging case ($79)

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