Designed for iPhones, AirPods are Apple’s cord-free wireless earphones featuring no headphone jack. Powered by the new H1 chip and featuring ‘Hey Siri’, AirPods 2 was announced at March 20,2019.
AirPods work with all iPhones from iPhone 5 to the latest model. However, to use the AirPods 2 with an iPhone, iOS 12.2 or later is required.
What’s new with AirPods 2?
AirPods 2 comes with an optional wireless charging case that enables Qi-based wireless charging. The charging case is used to add additional battery life and to store the AirPods when not in use so they don’t get lost. With this wireless charging case, the AirPods can be charged with any Qi charger.
While the AirPods are located inside the case, the case charges them up, so long as the case itself has remaining battery power. Both cases have LEDs, and orange indicates charging while green indicates a full charge.
AirPods 2 support hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality. It allows users to change the volume of the AirPods, select a song, place a phone call, and more. 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 improvement. 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. The H1 chip in the AirPods 2 supports Bluetooth 5.0, which should bring better range.
The H1 chip improves upon the W1 chip in the following ways
- Up to 50% More talk time
- 2X faster switching between devices
- Faster connection to phone calls
- Stronger connectivity
- 30% lower latency for gaming
- Support for voice-activated Siri
AirPods 1 and AirPods 2, which one is better?
AirPods 2 feature no design changes over AirPods 1. And the AirPods 2 continue to only be available in white. Still. There are a few new internal features including an H1 chip that enables “ Hey Siri” functionality, faster device switching along with the new Wireless Charging Case.
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