Based on the new H1 chip Apple developed for specifically for headphones, the updated Airpods feature improved synchronization and faster connect times with Apple devices, an extra hour of talk time, and enhanced voice control that makes it easy to switch songs, adjust volume, make calls, or get directions by simply saying, “Hey Siri,” according to Apple.
The AirPods will be available in Apple Stores next week and are available to order now via apple.com and the Apple Store app with either a standard charging case ($159) or a new Qi-compatible wireless charging case ($199) with an LED charge-status indicator. Each case holds an additional charge for more than 24 hours of total listening time, according to Apple. The wireless case is also available separately for $79.
Apple says switching between an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac is two times faster with the new AirPods and connection time for phone calls is one-and-a-half times faster than first-generation Airpods.
A free personal engraving option is available when the new Airpods are purchased on apple.com or through the Apple Store app.
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