For those who have been waiting for the second generation AirPods to ship, Apple has announced the new hardware today. Following up on new iPads, iMacs, Apple’s week of hardware refreshes continues today with the new earbuds.
The new AirPods will start at $159 for the standard case and $199 for a case that supports wireless charging. Inside there is a new H1 chip that enables 50% more talk time, hands-free “Hey Siri” but the design remains largely unchanged.
If you have the first generation AirPods and want to buy a wireless charging case, that will set you back $79.
Love them or hate them, Apple’s AirPods have sold well for the company and the second generation improves on most of the basic issues with the first generation. I would still prefer a style that improves the noise isolation in your ear but improving the battery life is a basic first step that was seriously needed.
The second generation AirPods are available starting today.