Apple Airpod 2 (Second Generation) Launched

Apple in March 2019 overhauled the AirPods and introduced the first ever update with a handful of useful new features that make the Apple-designed earbuds better than ever.

AirPods now support hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality, allowing users to control volume and swap songs through voice commands. There's no longer a need to tap on the AirPods to activate Siri in this version.

The new AirPods are equipped with an updated H1 chip, which replaces the W1 chip and brings connectivity improvements. AirPods connect more quickly to your devices for an even more hassle-free experience, and switching between devices while listening to music is now two times faster. The H1 chip in the second-generation AirPods supports Bluetooth 5.0, which should bring better range.

AirPods pair up with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac, and thanks to the H1 chip, you can easily switch between devices.Apple's newest AirPods come with an optional Wireless Charging Case that enables Qi-based wireless charging. You can get the new AirPods without the charging case for $159, with the Charging Case for $199, or you can buy just the Charging Case for your existing AirPods for $79.There have been no design changes to the AirPods, so they continue to look similar to the standard Apple EarPods but without the cord. AirPods are completely wire-free, and continue to be available only in white.AirPods continue to offer up to five hours of battery life when listening to music, and the case provides an additional 24 hours of battery life. The new AirPods are more efficient with the H1 chip and talk time has increased from two hours to three hours.When you open up the Charging Case, the AirPods inside connect to your device automatically, and using built-in sensors and an accelerometer, the AirPods can detect when you put them in your ears or take them out, playing and pausing audio accordingly.Beamforming microphones enable clear, crisp calls, and there are tap gestures built in for changing tracks, changing volume, and activating Siri if you don't want to use the Hey Siri feature. A separate voice accelerometer kicks in when you're speaking to block out ambient sound.

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