Apple AirPods Overview Updated May 8, 2019

Apple AirPods

Apple's truly wireless wireless and cord-free earbuds now with Qi support

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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 May 8

We’re expecting Apple to launch a new AirPods model around the end of the year, with an earlier report suggesting that AirPods 3 pricing will be above that of the current model.

A supply-chain report today lends weight to that idea …

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AirPods Stories May 3

Looking for a sporty alternative to AirPods? Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones will be available to pre-order from Apple.com for $249.95 this Friday, May 3rd at 7 am PT in the United States and Canada.

Powerbeats Pro will hit stores one week later on Friday, May 10th. The all-new Beats earphones are powered by the same Apple H1 chip as AirPods 2, work with ‘Hey Siri’, and have sporty features including longer battery life and physical playback controls.

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Accidentally swallowed AirPod still worked, even in a man’s stomach … ‘magical,’ says owner

A Taiwanese man found that his accidentally swallowed AirPod still worked even while it was in his stomach.

Yeah, I’m not sure how you accidentally swallow one, either, but there is medical evidence to show that he managed it …

AirPods Stories May 1

Watch, AirPods, HomePod, and accessories now worth as much to Apple as the iPad

Jason Snell has created his usual pretty charts bringing Apple’s financials to life after yesterday’s earnings report, and John Gruber makes an interesting observation …

AirPods Stories April 30

In addition to Apple Watch driving Apple’s Wearables business to new highs, AirPods also continue to do incredibly well for the company. During today’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri talked about the growing success of the truly wireless earbuds.

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AirPods Stories April 25

Along with its recently launched AirPods 2, Apple also released a standalone Wireless Charging Case for the AirPods. The Wireless Charging Case is an $80 accessory that works with both the first and second-generation versions of Apple’s wireless earbuds.

If you own a set of first-gen AirPods, should you consider forking over more money for the privilege of wireless charging? Watch our brief hands-on video review for the details. expand full story

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