New Apple AirPods now available: H1 chip, wireless charging case, hands-free Hey Siri

Apple has just launched the second generation of its Apple AirPods. The new earbuds and come with the long-promised wireless charging case, a new H1 chip, hands-free Hey Siri, longer battery life and faster connections to devices.

The new AirPods are available now for $199 with the wireless charging case, or available with the standard case for $159. Existing AirPods owners can purchase the wireless charging case separately for $79.

Apple says the new H1 chip in the AirPods deliver up to 50 percent more talk time compared to the first AirPods. The H1 should also speed up switching between devices, with Apple saying the AirPods now connect two times faster.

The new AirPods also feature ‘Hey Siri’ for the first time, allowing the wearer to perform Siri commands using their voice alone, no longer needing to double tap the stalk of the earbud.

The charging case works with standard Qi chargers. There is currently no mention of the AirPower charging mat, the product with which Apple originally teased the wireless charging case a year and a half ago.

The wireless charging case places the LED charging indicator on the outside, so you can check the status at a glance. You can buy the wireless case separately for $79, or bundled with the new improved AirPods for $199.

The ‘standard charging case’ is still available — and is bundled with the new AirPods at the same $159 price point.

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