Scan of the Month, which last month showed off a Lego minifig, uses computerized tomography scans
(the same ones used by doctors to diagnose tumors and bone
fractures) to showcase the evolution of AirPods from the inside
out. Despite the similar shapes, Scan of the Month found that Apple
completely redesigned AirPods with each major generation as each
model presented challenges.
AirPods (1st generation): A cluster of
rigid-flex electronics are packed behind the speaker, with a
microphone in the stem base rotated slightly toward the user's
AirPods (3rd generation): Downward-facing moves
to a spot between the charging contacts at the bottom of the stem.
A third microphone is positioned below the skin sensor.
AirPods Pro: Battery moves from the stem to the
head, while the down-facing microphone is swapped out for two
The whole website is slickly designed and fun to scroll through,
with the various models appearing and rotating through each
generation. You can also sign up for monthly alerts for the site's scans
as well as suggest future projects.