Apple has unveiled AirPods 2, and although they look similar to the first generation wireless headphone, they feature a number of important upgrades under the hood. Whether you own AirPods already or are thinking about buying a pair, there's a lot to like about AirPods 2, from Hey Siri support to improved battery life.
Here's everything you need to know about AirPods 2.
If you're an existing AirPods owner, there are a few things to know about AirPods 2 when considering an upgrade.
Meet the H1 chip
AirPods 2 features a brand new H1 chip, which Apple says features "custom audio architecture to create a revolutionary audio experience and improved synchronization." Now, connecting AirPods to your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch is easier than ever. Sound quality is also seemingly improved thanks to the new H1 chip.
Hey Siri support
Similar to the iPhone, iPad, and HomePod, AirPods 2 features Hey Siri support, making it easy to interact with Apple's smart assistant. The new support for Hey Siri will make it easier than ever to make a call, get directions, and change music. Once you go hands-free, you'll never want to go back.
Improved battery life
While the H1 chip provides faster connect times and performance efficiencies, it also provides improved battery life. According to Apple, the H1 chip "allows AirPods to deliver up to 50 percent more talk time" when compared to the original AirPods.
For folks who use the AirPods for conference calling, the improved talk time will make a major difference. Apple also says that 15 minutes in the case will equal up to two hours of talk time, compared to about an hour of talk time with the previous version.
What's the same?
While Apple made a number of improvements under the hood, the AirPods 2 feature the same design as the first generation wireless headphones. There's no discernible aesthetic difference between AirPods and AirPods 2, which means if you were hoping for a big redesign, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Additionally, Apple says AirPods 2 will deliver 5 hours of listening time on a single charge, which is the same as the first generation AirPods.
How much are AirPods 2?
You have two options when buying AirPods 2, which are listed with their prices below:
Additionally, Apple is also offering a standalone wireless charging case, which works with the AirPods and AirPods 2.
When can I buy AirPods 2?
AirPods 2 are available today from Apple's online store and Apple Store app. If you want to buy them at a physical Apple Store, you'll have to wait until next week.
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