Apple announced a new version of AirPods, the second generation of the company’s popular headphones, on Wednesday and here’s all you need to know about them.
The new version of AirPods has the same design with longer battery life and a new H1 chip replacing the W1 chip. Apple says that it improves connectivity with your iPhone or iPad and helps to deliver up to a 50 percent more talk time over the first generation.
The new AirPods cost $199 with a wireless charging case, or $159 without it. The wireless charging case is also available for owners of the first version of AirPods for $79. All are available now and ship starting March 27. Both the new versions have free laser engraving.
They also support wireless charging if you buy them with a new wireless charging case. That means you can drop it on a wireless charging pad instead of plugging the case in. Like the first generation, the case provides up to 24 hours of battery life. A new LED indicator outside.
Apple still hasn’t given an update on AirPower, the wireless charging pad that it originally announced in September 2017. Apple said AirPower was supposed to launch in 2018, but never did. But new rumours say that it will be releasing very soon.