Apple Announces AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Optional

Apple Announces AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Optional

After revolutionizing wireless audio experience with AirPods, the Cupertino-based tech giant has officially unveiled the new generation AirPods with the new H1 chips. On top of that, " switching between devices while listening to music on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad is more seamless than ever with two times faster connect times". But thanks to a new H1 chip, they're now even better. You can either pick up the standard AirPods, which come with the same charging case at the same $159 price point, or the AirPods paired with the new wireless charging case, which costs $199. Previously, AirPods could only activate Siri with tap gestures, or they could mirror the sound of "Hey Siri" activation from a nearby paired iOS device, but they could not summon Siri directly with the "Hey Siri" command.

The updated AirPods contain the new H1 chip, which is created to ensure a stable connection to the smartphone, says Apple, something that still proves hard for many manufacturers of truly wireless earbuds.

AirPods are now Apple most popular accessory, with 35 million units sold in 2018 alone.

European Union hits Google with $1.7B fine for blocking rival ads
Specifically, owners of both existing and new Android devices will be asked which browser and search apps they want to use. In 2017, she slapped Google with a $2.84bn (£2.1bn / €2.42bn) fine in a case involving its online shopping search results.

The long wait for AirPods update is over, and it is well worth it. Similar to the previous AirPods, a quick 15-minute charge is enough to provide up to 3 hours of listening time. Both cases can be charged with a lightning cable. Later in 2017, the company also teased a new variant with a wireless charging case which was then expected to be launched alongside the AirPower wireless charging pad.

Apple's AirPods come with an optional Wireless Charging Case. Already own AirPods and don't want to upgrade to get wireless charging? For those not interested in wireless charging, it is also possible to buy the second-generation AirPods with a standard case for $159.

Additionally, Apple's also offering the option to engrave an AirPods case at checkout.

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