Apple AirPods 2 vs AirPods: What’s New? [LIST]

Apple has recently updated its AirPods with the newest H1 chip, offering better performance, faster connections, longer battery life, and built-in hands-free “Hey Siri”. Commonly referred to as the ‘AirPods 2’, they come with a standard charging case, or the new Qi-compatible Wireless Charging Case with an LED to indicate charging status.

Airpods 2 wireless charging case

However, if you already own the first-generation AirPods and are contemplating upgrading to the new model, the following lists compiled by a Reddit user can help you figure out everything that’s new, and unchanged with the AirPods 2.

What’s New with AirPods 2

The new H1 chip enables:

  • 2x faster when switching between active devices
  • 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls
  • Voice-enabled Siri access (no need to tap the AirPods twice; just say Hey Siri now)
  • Up to 30 percent lower gaming latency (tested with Tomb of the Mask v1.6 and Doodle Jump v2.76.4)
  • Improved talk time power efficiency
  • AirPods talk time increased from 2 hours to 3 hours
  • AirPods + Charging Case talk time increased from 11 hours to 18 hours
  • 15 minutes of charging provides 2 hours of talk time, previously 1 hour
  • Bluetooth version has been upgraded from 4.2 to 5.0

What’s Unchanged with AirPods 2

  • No official mention at all on any change to sound quality
  • Same 5 hours of audio playback, AirPods + Case still provides the same 24 hours of audio playback
  • No noise cancellation
  • No water resistance
  • No multi-point pairing
  • No new colour

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