AirPods Pro teardown puts a spotlight on the tiny chips inside Apple’s noisecancelling wireless earbuds

With the AirPods Pro now available, iFixit has got its hands on a pair and done its usual teardown of Apple’s latest hardware.

Interestingly, rather than the skinny-but-long battery in normal AirPods, the AirPods Pro use a button cell. iFixit could not determine the exact capacity of the buds but it could see the capacity of the AirPods Pro case. The case battery has increased significantly from 1.52 Wh to 1.98 Wh. Apple still rates the AirPods Pro for the same 5 hours of listening time, or 4.5 hours with active noise cancellation or transparency mode enabled.

We also get our first real look at the new system-in-package design of the AirPods Pro brain. The chips are essentially sculpted into a tiny little irregularly shaped component, which iFixit says is even smaller than the equivalent brain in the standard AirPods.

The system-in-package expertise from the Apple Watch has no doubt been useful to Apple here.