Apple AirPods Overview Updated December 2, 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 moved 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 Pro

In October 2019, Apple announced AirPods Pro. The Pro model features “Active Noise Cancellation and superior, immersive sound in an all-new lightweight, in-ear design.” The new in-ear design of the Pro model makes for better noise cancellation. Apple says that the Pro headphones are sweat and water-resistant rated for IPX4. The box includes three different sizes of ear tips, which should make them relatively versatile.

AirPods Pro vs. AirPods comparison

There are five major features that the Pro model has have that Version 2 don’t:

  • Active noise cancellation
  • Audio Transparency mode
  • IPX4 water/sweat resistance
  • Adaptive EQ
  • In-ear design with three sets of tips

How AirPods Pro and AirPods gen 2 compare

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AirPods Stories December 2

Analyst estimates Apple sold 3 million AirPods over Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend

Apple is estimated to sell about 3 million pairs of AirPods and AirPods Pro over the Black Friday through Cyber Monday period. That’s according to Dan Ives at Wedbush, citing channel checks and inventory shortages at retailers.

AirPods Stories November 21

According to a new report from Bloomberg, shipments of AirPods are expected to double to 60 million units during 2019 compared to last year. The report cites “people familiar with” Apple’s production plans, and provides a rare look at unit sales for Apple’s truly wireless headphones.

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Apple’s AirPods launched in 2016 and became one of the company’s best selling products in a short amount of time. Three years in and now we’ve got AirPods Pro that feature noise-cancellation, as well as the second-gen AirPods with and without the Wireless Charging case. Along with the high demand for the AirPods lineup, a few other factors are setting up Apple’s fully wireless earbuds to dominate the market more than ever this holiday season.

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AirPods Stories November 20

PopSockets’ PopGrip AirPods Holder is a detachable iPhone grip/stand and AirPods case

PopSockets has debuted an interesting new product for iPhone and AirPods customers today, the PopGrip AirPods Holder. It works as a detachable iPhone grip and stand as well as a way to protect and keep your AirPods handy. Follow along below for a closer look…

Future AirPods models could offer a range of smart features that would blur the line between in-ear headphones and hearing aids, suggests a new thought piece today.

AirPods Pro models already offer a ‘layered’ sound experience, but future models could offer far more sophisticated sound processing…

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AirPods Stories November 19

AirPods have become the favorite truly wireless earphones for many people, and this has put the product in the top-selling position in its category. According to a new report from Counterpoint Research, Apple’s AirPods still leads the wireless hearables segment, but the company has lost some space in the market with the competition steadily increasing.

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