- Apple quietly announced its new generation of AirPods, which come with a few differences over the original AirPods that were released in December 2016.
- The majority of differences are general improvements in functionality.
- There’s also a new charging case option that can charge wirelessly.
Apple released its new generation of AirPods on Wednesday, and they sure look a lot like the original AirPods that Apple released back in December 2016.
But the exterior is where the similarities end with Apple’s new AirPods, as Apple added some new innards that add general improvements.
There’s also a new option for a wireless charging case that can charge wirelessly with a Qi wireless charging pad.
Apple made its new AirPods immediately available to buy from its website, and they’ll be hitting store shelves next week.
Check out the differences between the original AirPods and the new 2019 AirPods:
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Design — they’re exactly the same
The new charging case also looks identical to the original AirPods charging case.
The new AirPods have better performance, 50% more talktime, faster connect times, and hands-free Siri.
Apple says its new H1 chip in the new AirPods is developed specifically for headphones, and “delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free “Hey Siri.”
By “50% more talktime,” Apple means an extra hour of battery life during phone calls.
And as for “hands-free” Siri, it means you can summon Siri using just your voice. It’s a significant change over what you had to do with the original AirPods to summon Siri, where you had to physically tap one of the pods.
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