Since last year, there were rumours of the new AirPods coming but most of them were not accurate with respect to the dates. Later in December, it was announced that the AirPods will be coming early 2019. Finally, Apple has unveiled the AirPods 2 true-wireless headphones and they come with better battery life and in-built “Hey Siri” smart assistant functionality.
The inclusion of Siri means the smart assistant can now be accessed without pressing any buttons. You just have to say the command, “Hey Siri”. On the improved battery life, the company said the AirPods had an additional hour of talk time.
The AirPods 2 also comes with an optional wireless charging case. The new AirPods 2 looks just like the original Apple AirPods, still rocking the wireless appearance. They draw their battery life from the charging case shaped like a pillbox.
AirPods 2 contains a newly-designed H1 chip which Apple has specifically developed for its wireless earbuds. The H1 chip is believed to improve connectivity pairing times. It also improves the efficiency of the battery life. Apple says with the H1 chip included, the AirPods 2 will give you 50% more hands-free talk time.
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The original AirPods could be used for 5 hours, so the AirPods 2, on paper, should last for at least 7 hours.
Hands-free Siri functionality
Another exciting functionality, the most significant after the long battery life is the hands-free Siri smart assistant. Just insert the AirPods 2 into your ears and you will be able to use the voice assistant command to do anything Siri does. You can use it to place calls, change songs, etc.
Basically, you can do anything Siri can do, right from the AirPods 2, without having to touch your iPhone.
New Wireless Charging Case
The AirPods 2 is coming with the original charging case. But Apple is also bringing out the new Wireless Charging Case for the earbuds. The Wireless Charging Case uses Qi-compatible charging mats to power the case, so you don’t have to connect any cable.
Apple says the new Wireless Charging Case will be compatible with the first-generation AirPods.
On the side of sound quality, the company has said anything about it yet. Apple is yet to tell the differences or improvements between the generations, if any.
Price and availability
The AirPods 2 is available now at Apple’s Store. With the standard charging case, the AirPods 2 goes for $160 (around ₵800). If you want the Wireless Charging Case in addition, you’ll have to pay $200 (₵1100). But the Wireless Charging Case can be bought separately for $80 (₵440).
You can also add a personal engraving to the cases at checkout on Apple.com.