APPLE AIRPOD FEATURES
- Amazingly easy to use, AirPods combine intelligent design with breakthrough technology and crystal clear sound.
- Get up to 5 hours of listening time on one charge.
- Or up to 3 hours with just a 15-minute charge in the charging case.
Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Previous Model)
|Weight||AirPods (each): 0.14 ounce (4 g); Charging Case: 1.34 ounces (38 g)|
|Dimensions||AirPods (each): 0.65 by 0.71 by 1.59 inches (16.5 by 18.0 by 40.5 mm), Charging Case: 1.74 by 0.84 by 2.11 inches (44.3 by 21.3 by 53.5 mm)|
|AirPods Sensors (each):||Dual beamforming microphones, Dual optical sensors, Motion-detecting accelerometer, Speech-detecting accelerometer|
|Power and Battery||AirPods with Charging Case: More than 24 hours listening time, up to 11 hours talk time|
Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Previous Model)
AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (Latest Model)
Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Latest Model)
|Sensors||Optical sensors and a motion accelerometer||a Optical sensors and a motion accelerometer||Optical sensors and a motion accelerometer|
|Connections||AirPods: Bluetooth; Charging Case: Lightning connector||Bluetooth; Wireless Charging Case: Charges via wireless (Qi-compatible) charging mat or Lightning connector||AirPods: Bluetooth; Charging Case: Lightning connector|
|Power and Battery||More than 24-hour battery life with Charging Case||A More than 24 hours listening time, up to 18 hours talk time||More than 24 hours listening time, up to 18 hours talk time|
Apple’s new AirPods come with a wireless charging case, Hey Siri support, and more battery life
Apple’s week of surprise product launches continues with the announcement of the second-generation AirPods, which will include a wireless charging case and a new H1 chip that the company claims offers improved battery life and “Hey, Siri” support to trigger the virtual assistant without pressing a button.
Apple AirPods 2nd-gen review: even more wireless
The new wireless charging case works with standard Qi charging, so it should work with nearly every wireless charger out there. Otherwise, both the second-gen AirPods and the case look virtually identical to the first model, except for a small LED light on the wireless charging case to indicate battery life.
Apple says the H1 chip offers a number of benefits over the W1 chip in the last generation. Specifically, there’s up to an extra hour of talk time, which Apple says is a 50 percent increase; better mic clarity; connection times are twice as fast when switching between devices; and the aforementioned “Hey, Siri” support — which Apple already offers on newer iPhones, iPads, Macs, and the HomePod — that allows you to ask Siri things hands-free. The new AirPods also includes support for Bluetooth 5.
The H1 chip is the first in a new line of headphone-focused chips that Apple is making, breaking away from the W-series chips that the AirPods had borrowed from the Apple Watch line (which will continue to use W-series processors in the future).
Apple will be selling the updated AirPods in two options: with the wireless charging case for $199 or with the standard case for the same $159 price as the previous generation. The company will also sell the wireless charging case separately for existing AirPod owners for $79. That way, users will be able to charge their headphones with a wireless charger without upgrading to the new model.
Notably missing from the announcement is any mention of Apple’s still-missing AirPower wireless charger, which was first announced alongside the iPhone X over a year and a half ago. It was marketed primarily around being able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods wirelessly at the same time.
New AirPods 2 vs. Old AirPods 1 Comparison
Apple in March debuted second-generation AirPods, featuring several updates over the original massively popular wireless earbuds of the same name.
So what’s improved in the new AirPods compared to the older model, and what’s stayed the same? Read on to find out.
Price of New AirPods vs. Old AirPods
Buying Apple’s original AirPods was straightforward as they came with a single $159 price tag, but that’s changed with the second-generation models.
The new AirPods still start at the same price, but customers now have the option to buy the earbuds with a Wireless Charging Case for $199.
Apple is also offering the Wireless Charging Case separately for $79, so if you already own first-generation AirPods you can buy the case and charge your earbuds using any Qi-compatible charging mat. The Wireless Charging Case still includes a Lightning port so you can charge your AirPods via cable if you prefer.
Apple’s new AirPods can be ordered on Apple’s website and will be available in Apple Stores and resellers from March 26, 2019. Apple no longer lists first-generation AirPods on its website, but you should be able to find them elsewhere online at a lower price now that the new AirPods are available.
Design of New AirPods vs. Old AirPods
Apple’s new AirPods look identical to the first-generation models, save for a single LED on the front of the Wireless Charging Case. This light simply tells you the charging status of the AirPods when you place them on a Qi-compatible charging mat. On the standard charging case, which came with the original AirPods, the LED was inside the lid between where the two AirPods go.
Otherwise, both versions of AirPods have the same dimensions and weight, and both are only available in white.
Processor in New AirPods vs. Old AirPods
Apple’s second-generation AirPods use a new proprietary chip called the H1, whereas the original AirPods run on the W1 chip.
Both chips are responsible for the earbuds’ seamless one-tap pairing process, but Apple claims the H1 allows the new AirPods to connect to calls up to 1.5 times faster and generally provide a more stable wireless connection to devices like iPhones and iPads, while making them up to twice as fast when switching between active devices.
In addition, the H1 chip delivers up to 30 percent lower latency, which means you should experience fewer delays between onscreen events and their accompanying audio when playing games.
Using Siri With New AirPods vs. Old AirPods
One of the headline features of the new AirPods is the ability to invoke Siri handsfree when you’re wearing them, thanks to Apple’s new H1 chip.
With the first-generation AirPods you have to double tap the earbuds before you can talk to the personal assistant, but the new models allow you to say simply “Hey Siri” for it to register your spoken query or command. This is particularly neat if you wear them when your hands are busy or you want to exclusively control your music using Siri commands.
Battery life in New AirPods vs. Old AirPods
Apple’s new AirPods offer the same overall battery life as the original AirPods, which is 5 hours on a single charge and over 24 hours of additional battery capacity in the charging case. According to Apple, the second-generation AirPods offer 50 percent more talk time due to the H1 chip.
In other words, the new AirPods get up to three hours of talk time per charge, compared to up to two hours with the previous generation. So that’s something to think about if you’d be using them to take a lot of calls.