AirPods FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple’s wireless earphones

AirPods, the brand for Apple’s wireless headphones, now spans three products: AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. They’re priced at $159, $249, and $549 respectively, though you can often find them on sale.

This FAQ will help you better understand the features of AirPods, how the three models differ from one another, and how they work together with your Apple gear. For those about to rock, an AirPods guide.

Updated 12/22/20: Updated FAQ with information on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, spatial audio, and more.

What’s the difference between AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max?

AirPods are Apple’s original true wireless earbuds. They come in a little charging case about the size and shape of a pack of dental floss, and were first introduced in 2016 with a very slightly improved second-generation version in 2019.

AirPods Pro feature a slightly changed design with shorter stems and earpieces with soft rubber tips to create a seal in your ear. They have active noise cancellation technology, support Apple’s spatial audio, and always come with a wireless charging case (which is an optional upgrade on regular AirPods).

AirPods Max are Apple’s top-of-the-line luxury headphones. They’re big over-the-ear cans made to offer superior noise cancelling technology and sound quality.

How much do AirPods cost?

Regular AirPods cost $159, or $199 with a Wireless Charging Case.

AirPods Pro cost $249, and always include a Wireless Charging Case.