Apple AirPods Overview Updated October 18, 2019

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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 October 18

Chinese report suggests $250 price point for new ‘AirPods Pro’ with noise-canceling in-ear design

We found images of a redesigned pair of AirPods in the iOS 13.2 beta earlier this month, featuring what appears to be an in-ear design for better noise cancellation. The rumors of AirPods with noise cancellation and water resistance have been circling for some time and it appears we are close to a launch.

AirPods Stories October 13

Apple’s truly wireless AirPods have been incredibly popular since their initial release in 2016, Now, it seems that Apple is preparing another version of AirPods with a new design and new features, such as noise cancellation.

Would you ditch your current AirPods for the new in-ear AirPods with noise cancellation?

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AirPods Stories October 8

PSA: Here’s the keyword to get your dead AirPods replaced for less

If the batteries in your AirPods have about run their course, there’s another option besides buying a new pair for $159 or more. If you take your AirPods to an Apple Store there’s no option to get the AirPods’ batteries replaced but there is a keyword to get new ones at a discounted price.

AirPods Stories October 3

Concept based on latest leaks imagines Apple’s new in-ear AirPods

Following 9to5Mac’s report yesterday regarding the next generation AirPods, graphic designer Michael Rieplhuber shared on Twitter his newest creation: a realistic concept that shows how the new in-ear AirPods might look like. Despite some similarities, the image shows a very different product from the AirPods that we all know today.

AirPods Stories October 2

Rumors about new Apple AirPods with noise cancellation aren’t exactly new, dating back a couple of years. But now a glyph found in iOS 13.2 reveals what the new AirPods with noise cancellation will look like. expand full story

AirPods Stories September 27

A new survey of US consumers shows that Apple’s AirPods are the preferred brand for true wireless in-ear headphones, suggesting that the company’s market dominance is likely to continue.

Some 57% of respondents named Apple as a preferred brand, with Bose, Samsung, Sony, and Beats completing the top five…

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