Apple AirPods Overview Updated September 23, 2019

Apple AirPods

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AirPods 1 Features

AirPods are Apple’s wireless, cord-free in-ear headphones, and were unveiled alongside the iPhone 7 on September 7, 2016. Priced at $159 they were originally announced to be available in late October, 2016, but were delayed until December 13.

They have a very similar form-factor to the company’s wired EarPods, with the obvious omission of a cable and the addition of Bluetooth connectivity. Despite this, early reports suggest that they are better at staying in your ears.

They offer Apple’s latest wireless pairing system, based on the W1 chip. They pair instantly, and that pairing propagates across all your Apple devices via iCloud. The secret sauce behind the new pairing system turned out to be all in the W1 chip in the headphones themselves, so it works with Bluetooth LE devices all the way back to the iPhone 5.

AirPods 2 Features

In March of 2019, Apple released AirPods 2. The new version is available for $199 with the wireless charging case, or available with the standard case for $159. Existing version 1 owners can purchase the wireless charging case separately for $79.

Version 2 move away from the W1 chip to the new H1 chip to deliver up to 50 percent more talk time compared to the first generation. The H1 should also speed up switching between devices, with Apple saying version 2 should now connect two times faster. Version 2 also includes ‘Hey Siri’ support as well.

AirPods 3 Rumors

There are now rumors that a new version of the product will be coming in late 2019.

Digitimes has reported that Apple is working with assemblers and suppliers to ready a third generation ‘AirPods 3‘ by the end of this year. This is not the first rumor of this ilk. Version 2 with a wireless charging case debuted in March, and even before then there were publications claiming there would be separate spring and fall AirPods refreshes.

Digitimes says the primary feature of the late 2019 version will be noise cancellation. Like version 2, version 3 is expected to be manufactured by Inventec and Luxshare Precision.

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AirPods Stories Today

Earlier this year, a report suggested that Amazon is developing an AirPods competitor with Alexa built-in. Now, a new report from CNBC offers more details on those earbuds, as well as a new Echo speaker.

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AirPods Stories September 10

Apple quietly launched a new option to protect AirPods and some of its Beats headphones and earphones today with AppleCare+. Accidental coverage for two years comes with the super-affordable price of $29. And it’s possible to add the coverage to AirPods and other eligible headphones if you’ve purchased them within the last 60 days.

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AirPods Stories September 6

Huawei first launched its AirPods clones, FreeBuds, in March of last year. Eighteen months later, FreeBuds 3 have beaten Apple to one long-awaited new feature: active noise cancellation (ANC).

FreeBuds 3 are, like the original model, also available in black…

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AirPods Stories August 29

Pablo Cimadevila, a highly skilled jeweler and YouTuber shared a fascinating video on his channel today showing the process of making 18K gold AirPods. And it isn’t just a gold finish on top of the standard white AirPods. He deconstructed them, created his own AirPods cast, melted 18K gold, and created a stunning all-gold finished product that works.

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Colorful AirPods ad from Apple proves customers like colors that aren’t just white

Apple has shared a new AirPods ad today on its Korean website and YouTube channel. The most recent ad for its fully wireless earphones shows off a fun look at a bunch of ways AirPods users have creatively approached customization with lively and colorful cases.

AirPods Stories August 27

Consumer Reports has a history of making questionable claims and recommendations when it comes to Apple products. That now extends to AirPods, as Consumer Reports has published a new comparison between Apple’s latest AirPods and Samsung’s Galaxy Buds – with a surprising winner.

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