Apple announces second generation AirPods earbuds

James Marshall
March 26, 2019

This week's announcements, which include new versions of the iPad Mini, the iPad Air, the iMac and Apple's AirPods, were made quietly, through press releases posted early in the morning.

Apple this week announced an upgraded version of its AirPods wireless earphones, complete with extra battery life, faster pairing, integrated Siri, and an optional wireless charging case. Just a few days ago, newly unearthed data strings in the most recent iOS 12.2 beta revealed some big changes to the portion of iOS responsible for wireless charging. The new AirPods will also have hands-free Siri support accessible via "Hey, Siri" if you have it switched on.

The AirPods 2 is finally here, complete with a brand-new chip and some slight changes. Existing AirPods users can get the wireless charging case by itself ($119).

The Wireless Charging Case is also available on a standalone basis and can be paired with the first-generation AirPods for those who want wireless charging without having to shell out for a whole new set of AirPods.

Of course, you'll need to remove the connector before you can charge your AirPods, but for the peace-of-mind they offer we think the minor inconvenience is probably worth it.

Previous trademark filings suggested that the second generation AirPods would be a health and fitness device, in addition to being a pair of true wireless earbuds.

The new edition of Apple's wireless earbuds features the new H1 chip, which should extend the battery life by one hour of talk time. Plus, the metal snap keeps the case closed, adding another layer of protection to your delicate AirPods charging case. Both cases carry enough charge for more than 24 hours of total listening time. The chip is also in charge of better and faster connectivity.

The AirPods with the wireless charging case will cost $199 while the AirPods with all the new tech but without the wireless charging will cost $159.

Even though AirPods do not offer noise canceling or sound isolating features, so you can still hear the environment around you.

Along with that quicker performance, there's also Apple Pencil support which allows users to scribble on the True Tone Retina display with this digital stylus.

The design of new AirPods is similar to the original AirPods except for the LED light included at the front of the charging case.

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