Apple Unveils New AirPods Complete With Siri & Wireless Charging

Apple Air Pods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco

A standalone Wireless Charging Case is available for $99 CAD, which is compatible with first generation AirPods. First, two times faster switching between active devices, meaning when you get back home and want to switch from your iPhone to your MacBook, the transition will be even smoother. They will land in Apple Stores starting next week. Also new for 2019, AirPod buyers can add a personal engraving to the headphones free of charge. The latest AirPods are already listed on Apple Malaysia's website but you can't order them at the moment. Listeners will, however, experience improvements from the new H1 chip, which usurps the W1 chip and facilitates hands-free activation of Siri. Every set of AirPods sold will be encased with a "wireless charging case" fresh out the box. More importantly, however, the second-generation AirPods come with an optional (and more expensive) wireless charging case that supports the Qi wireless charging standard. 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 wireless charging case can also be bought separately for £79.

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The new AirPods will come with a standard charging case, or customers can opt to buy them with the new wireless charging case.

You'll apparently see around 50% more talk time if you upgrade to the new AirPods, although we can't imagine that will be the driving force for many upgrades here. If extra talk time, Hey Siri control and faster and more stable connections are important to you then you should notice a difference with the second generation of AirPods. Popping the earbuds in the case for 15 minutes should give you 3 hours of battery life. They include several new and improved features, including a version that comes with a wireless charging case.

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