Apple this morning launched its second generation AirPods, announced via press release, making rumours about a debut come to life.
These new AirPods 2 come with Apple’s newest H1 chip, which brings better performance, faster connections, longer battery life and built-in hands-free “Hey Siri”.
AirPods 2 come with a standard charging case or new Qi-compatible Wireless Charging Case, which has an LED on it to indicate charging status.
“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 20, 2019
The new Apple H1 chip offers a 50% increase in talk time versus the original W1 chip found in first generation AirPods, while offering twice as fast connection times when switching devices.
With new “Hey Siri”, you will be able to “change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions,” according to Apple.
You can order Apple’s second-generation AirPods starting today for $219 in Canada, while AirPods with the Wireless Charging Case cost $269 CAD.
A standalone Wireless Charging Case is available for $99 CAD, which is compatible with first generation AirPods. All will hit Apple Stores next week.
Also new for AirPods this year, customers can add custom engraving for the standard case and Wireless Charging Case at checkout.
Apple has announced new products every day this week via press release, ahead of its special event next week:
- Monday: 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini 5
- Tuesday: Refreshed iMacs with 2x the performance
- Wednesday: AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case
- Thursday: ?
- Friday: ?
Who’s buying a pair of AirPods 2 today? AirPower next, Apple?
Update: If you’re wondering why Apple isn’t using a W-series chip for AirPods 2, according to Daring Fireball, it’s because “The H1 is a new chip series specifically for headphones.” (sounds like a Apple PR speak).