Apple releases 2nd gen AirPods with Wireless Charging

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The more expensive model will come in a wireless charging case and will be priced at $199. The H1 chip allows faster connect times, up to 50 per cent more talk time compared to the original AirPods and even enables hands-free "Hey Siri" feature.

Owners of the original AirPods can also upgrade to the wireless case for a trifling - checks notes - £79?

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said the new Airpods offered "an extra hour of talk-time, faster connections, hands-free "Hey Siri" and the convenience of a new wireless battery case".

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The old Apple AirPods also cost £159 when they launched originally. Switching between devices while listening to music on is also reported to be two times faster thanks to improved connection times. The fully charged case itself is now capable (over multiple charges) of providing more than 24 hours of listening time to the AirPods.

Apple's second-generation AirPods are largely unchanged on the outside, but ditches the company's previous W1 processor in favor of a new chip called the H1.

Apple has just announced its second-generation AirPods, which stand as the world's most popular wireless headphones; granted, popular doesn't always mean best according to our sister site SoundGuys. And yes, it comes with an optional wireless charging case, as expected. That's it. The LED indicator on the front of the case lets you know that your AirPods are charging.

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There's no denying that the Apple AirPods paved the way for true wireless earbuds to become mainstream, and despite being released in 2016, they were still among the best true wireless buds you could buy in 2019 - that is, until the AirPods 2 came along.

While AirPods haven't changed on the outside, under the hood, there's a lot to be excited about. Popping the earbuds in the case for 15 minutes should give you 3 hours of battery life.

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