Apple has simply introduced the second-generation AirPods.
The new AirPods are fitted with the H1 chip, which is supposed to supply efficiency efficiencies, sooner join instances between the pods and your units and the power to ask for Siri hands-free with the “Hey Siri” command.
Because of its efficiency effectivity, the H1 chip additionally permits for the AirPods to supply 50 % extra discuss time utilizing the headphones. Switching between units is 2x sooner than the previous-generation AirPods, in line with Apple.
Here’s what Phil Schiller needed to say within the press release:
AirPods delivered a magical wi-fi expertise and have change into probably the most beloved merchandise we’ve ever made. They join simply with all your units, and supply crystal clear sound and intuitive, progressive management of your music and audio. The world’s finest wi-fi headphones simply obtained even higher with the brand new AirPods. They are powered by the brand new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an additional hour of discuss time, sooner connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the comfort of a brand new wi-fi battery case.
The second-gen AirPods can be found with the usual wired charging case ($159), or a brand new Wireless Charging Case ($199). A standalone wi-fi charging case can also be accessible for buy ($79). We’ve reached out to Apple to ask if the wi-fi case is backward appropriate with first-gen AirPods and can replace the put up as soon as we all know extra.
Update: Turns out, the wi-fi charging case works “with all generations of AirPods,” in line with the Apple website listing.
Two instances sooner switching and 50 % extra discuss time may sound like small perks for a comparatively costly accent, however I’ve discovered that one in all my largest ache factors with the AirPods are the dearth of voice management and the time it takes to change units. The introduction of “Hey Siri” alongside the brand new H1 chip, in addition to a lot sooner switching between units, ought to noticeably elevate the person expertise with these new AirPods.
After a search by means of the Apple web site, it seems that previous AirPods are now not accessible on the market.
The new AirPods can be found to order at the moment from Apple.com and the Apple Store app, with in-store availability starting subsequent week.