AirPods 2nd Generation

The Apple AirPods 2nd Generation is wireless headphones that were designed, manufactured, and currently sold by Apple since 2019 as part of the Apple AirPods series. The second generation of AirPods has been introduced on March 20, 2019, and its price started at $159.

The second generation of AirPods features new user interactions; for example, removing an AirPod from one’s ear causes playback to pause, and double-tapping them activates Siri. Apple incorporated its own custom-designed chip, the H1 chip into AirPods, which helps optimize the battery use and Bluetooth connection.

The new AirPods are the same design as the first generation but have updated features. They include an Apple H1 processor that supports hands-free “Hey Siri“, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and 50% more talk time and faster device connection times. “Announce Messages with Siri” was added in iOS 13.2, which allows Siri to dictate and reply to text messages.

The 2nd generation AirPods can be purchased with the same charging case as the 1st generation for $159, or for an additional price of $39 bundled with the Wireless Charging Case, which can be used with Qi chargers. The Wireless Charging Case can be purchased separately and is compatible with 1st generation AirPods.

The Wireless Charging Case was initially announced in September 2017 alongside the AirPower charging mat but was delayed by AirPower’s protracted development and eventual cancellation.

Unfortunately on October 18, 2021, Apple discontinued AirPods with Wireless Charging case due to AirPods 3rd Generation inducement. That day also the price of AirPods with Lightning Charging Case has been lowered to $129 from $159.

Today AirPods 2nd Generation is 5 years old!

AirPods 2nd Generation
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AirPods 2nd Generation Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedMarch 20, 2019
DiscontinuedOctober 18, 2021 (AirPods with Wireless Charging Case)
Model IdentifierAirPods2,1
Model NumberA1602 (Lightning Charging Case)
A1938 (Wireless Charging Case)
A2031 (left AirPod)
A2032 (right AirPod)
Order NumberMV7N2AM/A (Lightning Charging Case)
MRXJ2AM/A (Wireless Charging Case)
Original Price$159 (Lightning Charging Case)
$199 (Wireless Charging Case)
Weight1.34 oz. – 38 Grams (Case)
0.14 oz. – 4 Grams (1 AirPod)
Dimensions1.74” H x 0.84” W x 2.11″ D (Case)
4.41 cm H x 2.13 cm W x 5.35 cm D (Case)

0.65” H x 0.71” W x 1.58″ D (1 AirPod)
1.65 cm H x 1.8 cm W x 4.01 cm D (1 AirPod)

Tech Specs


ProcessorApple H1


SensorsDual Optical sensors
Motion-detecting accelerometer
Speech-detecting accelerometer (Each AirPod)


Connection1 – Lightning port (Case)
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 (AirPods)
Audio In2 – Microphones


Original OSUnknown
System RequirementsiPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models with iOS 12.2 or later
Apple Watch models with watchOS 5.2 or later
Mac models with macOS 10.14.4 or later
Apple TV models with tvOS 12.2 or later


Battery1.52 W rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Case)
0.09 W rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Each AirPod)
Battery Capacity398 mAh (Case)
Battery LifeAirPods with Charging Case: More than 24 hours of listening time, up to 11 hours of talk time
AirPods (single charge): Up to 5 hours of listening time, Up to 2 hours of talk time

Apple Support – AirPods (2nd generation) with Wireless Charging Case: Technical Specifications
Apple Support – AirPods (2nd generation) with Charging Case: Technical Specifications
Apple Support – AirPods Wireless Charging Case: Technical Specifications

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