Apple AirPods Overview Updated August 12, 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 August 12

Dramatic growth in Apple’s wearables means that the product category — mostly comprising the Apple Watch and AirPods — will overtake both iPad and Mac by the end of next year, says a new analysis.

While the market is focused on growth in the Cupertino company’s Services revenue, it has largely missed the story when it comes to wearables, claims an analyst…

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AirPods Stories August 6

Twelve South refreshes AirSnap case for AirPods with new twill options, supports wireless charging

Twelve South is out today with a new version of its AirSnap case for AirPods. Previously only available in leather, AirSnap now comes in a twill variant in a choice of two shades of grey.

AirPods Stories July 17

Apple is reportedly planning to begin making some of its AirPods in Vietnam, as part of the company’s wider-scale moves to reduce dependence on China.

The report says the initial plan is for a small-scale trial, but the company is already discussing volume production with suppliers…

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AirPods Stories July 11

We often hear about Apple products being used as lifelines in remarkable ways. But rarely do we see customers go to extraordinary lengths to rescue their devices. The tables turned this week when Ashley Mayer saved her lost AirPod from a grim fate in the depths of a New York City subway station.

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AirPods Stories July 9

As Apple earnings approaches, the financial analysts are getting in their last-minute calls ahead of the earnings release on July 30. Yesterday, Rosenblatt said that iPhone sales were going to disappoint over the next year.

In a report seen by 9to5Mac today, analysts from Wedbush disagree and state that iPhone demand is stable, and remain confident in their previous forecast of 180 million iPhone unit sales for 2019.

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AirPods Stories July 5

Sony has announced its latest noise-canceling true wireless in-ear headphones, WF-1000XM3.

Sony had earlier established its noise-canceling tech as at least the rival of Bose, with some considering it superior – so bringing that same feature to the true wireless in-ear market could prove interesting competition for Apple’s AirPods

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