Apple reveals second generation AirPods with new Apple-designed H1 chip

Apple today announced new AirPods, the second generation of the world’s most popular wireless headphones. AirPods revolutionized the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love. The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free “Hey Siri.” AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new Wireless Charging Case for convenient charging at home and on the go. The new AirPods and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores beginning next week.

“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”

New AirPods build on the magical experience customers love delivering 50 percent more talk time, hands-free “Hey Siri” and the option of a new Wireless Charging Case.
New AirPods build on the magical experience customers love delivering 50 percent more talk time, hands-free “Hey Siri” and the option of a new Wireless Charging Case.

 
The new Apple-designed H1 chip features custom audio architecture to create a revolutionary audio experience and improved synchronization. H1 allows AirPods to deliver up to 50 percent more talk time compared to first generation AirPods. Switching between devices while listening to music on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad is more seamless than ever with two times faster connect times. For the first time, AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” making it easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions simply by saying, “Hey Siri.”

The new AirPods come with either the standard charging case or the new Wireless Charging Case. Each case holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time, ensuring AirPods are charged and ready to go whenever you are. The Wireless Charging Case is designed to offer the freedom of wireless charging with Qi-compatible charging solutions. An LED light indicator located on the front of the case conveniently shows the charge status with just a glance. Existing AirPods customers can purchase the standalone Wireless Charging Case.

Pricing and Availability

• AirPods with standard charging case will be available for $159 (US) and are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.

• AirPods with Wireless Charging Case will be available for $199 (US) and are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.

• Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for $79 (US) on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.

• New for AirPods, customers can add a personal engraving to the AirPods with standard charging case and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for free during checkout on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Buh-bye old, first-gen. AirPods!

12 Comments

  1. Definitely will get these. Just in time for my birthday. Shame that black is not an option.
    Maybe I will play with painting my Gen1 earbuds black once the new ones come in.

  2. Great how Apple are staging the releases. I’ve been asking for that for a while. In future it would be better to spread it out over 4 weeks. Gets more press and increases the perception that Apple are always bringing out new devices.

  3. I wonder if I’ll be able to actually use this version to make a phone call? Most frustrating experience ever. No audio is passed when I accept a call on the current generation. Re-pair them to the iPhone and it works once, then goes back to this state where the caller can’t hear me. They work great for music mind you…sigh.

    1. I ordered mine the first day the originals came out and about 2-3 months later I started having the same problem. The fix that worked for me at least, was with both fully charged, to unpair them, then restart the iPhone with them no where near so it didn’t immediately try to pair. Then go to the AirPods and pair them. For me, never had the problem again, maybe it will work for you.

      1. Hey thanks for the constructive feedback. I love the downvotes for communicating a real Apple issue :s

        I appreciate your suggestion and will try tonight again. It’s an extremely common problem – the supports forums are littered with hundreds of people experiencing it. Apple has remained silent on this.

  4. Doesn’t this show that Apple is very serious about headphones? They have really been making strides in audio (HomePod, Series 4 watch speaker, iPad Pro with four pairs of woofers/ tweeters). I’m sure products with the H2 chip are already in the testing phase… over-ear Apple-branded phones and third generation AirPods. Can’t wait to HEAR the future!

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