Apple AirPods 2 land boasting improved internals and new Wireless Charging Case

The second-gen earbuds come with hands-free voice controls and 50% more talk time
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Apple AirPods are getting an upgrade, with a second generation of the smart earbuds announced by the company.

There's no dramatic new look or health-focused features, but inside lies a new H1 chip designed specifically for AirPods 2. Apple says that new chip is able to deliver performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and a hands-free "Hey Siri" wake-up and voice control.

Read this: Living with the original Apple AirPods

The new headphones also come with either the standard charging case or an all-new, Qi-compatible Wireless Charging Case, with the latter able to be bought separately for original AirPods owners. Everything is available to order from Apple online now and in-store starting from next week.

No matter which case you opt for, Apple indicates you'll still get 24 hours more of total listening time. However, it's the new Wireless Charging Case, something you can simply throw on a charging mat instead of plugging in, that gives users a new element to play around with. An LED light indicator on the front of the case also shows of the charge status with just a look.

What about pricing? Well, you can get the new AirPods with the standard charging case for - the same price as the originals. However, if you want that new Wireless Charging Case paired with the earbuds, you'll have to shell out . And for first-gen owners who want to upgrade to the new case, it can be bought separately for .

And if you really want to push the boat out, Apple will now also let you add an engraving to either charging case. We'll have more on AirPods 2 when we put them through our review testing over the next few days, so stay tuned.

Apple AirPods 2 land boasting improved internals and new Wireless Charging Case

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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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