After sharing a prototype translucent AirPods last week, we now get a fascinating glimpse inside the rest of Apple’s AirPods headphones thanks to some stunning CT scans.
Scan of the Month, which showcased a Lego minifigure last month, uses computerized tomograms (the same ones doctors use to diagnose tumors and bone fractures) to show the evolution of AirPods from the inside out. Despite the similar shapes, Scan of the Month found that Apple “has completely redesigned AirPods with each major generation” because each model presented challenges.
AirPods (1st generation): A rigid-flex electronics cluster is packed behind the speaker, with a microphone in the base of the rod facing slightly toward the user’s mouth.
AirPods (3rd generation): The face down moves to a location between the charging contacts at the bottom of the rod. A third microphone is positioned under the skin sensor.
AirPods Pro: The battery moves from the rod to the head, while the downward-facing microphone is replaced by two rod microphones.
The entire website is designed in a nifty way that is fun to navigate, with the different models appearing and rotating with each generation. You can also subscribe to monthly alerts for site analyzes as well as suggest future projects.
Michael Simon has covered Apple since the iPod was iWalk. His obsession with technology dates back to his first PC, the IBM Thinkpad with the pop-up keyboard to replace the reader. He’s still waiting for it to come back in style.