Apple AirPods Overview Updated March 23, 2019

Apple AirPods

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October 2015 - March 2019


AirPods 1

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

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.

AirPods 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.

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AirPods Stories Today

Apple AirPods 2 orders now shipping, delivery from Tuesday

If you ordered new AirPods on the same day they were announced, then it looks like Apple Store has just started shipping the orders with delivery from Tuesday 26th March, the day after Apple’s special event.

AirPods Stories Yesterday

Jony Ive talks AirPods design history with GQ following second-gen debut this week

Fashion-focused GQ snagged an interview with Apple’s legendary designer Jony Ive to celebrate the launch of Apple’s second-gen AirPods this week. The piece starts off tackling one major issue head-on: AirPods looked a little ridiculous to everyone before they became a cultural lightning bolt.

Apple’s second-generation AirPods aren’t the only newly updated headphones hitting the market this spring. That’s according to CNET which has a nice scoop on upcoming Beats Powerbeats that finally cut the cord.

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AirPods Stories March 21

Update: The AirPower image has been removed from Apple’s servers, but the HTML and CSS references remain for now. Who knows when AirPower will show up for real?

The AirPods page was updated yesterday to highlight the new features in the updated model and mentions the wireless charging case. However, the previously featured picture of AirPods and an iPhone X laying on the AirPower mat was removed in the redesign.

It turns out — there is actually a new never-before-seen official AirPower image hidden in the source code that was intended to be on the AirPods page. It shows the new AirPods charging case and “David’s” iPhone XS laying on the so far unreleased AirPower mat …

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AirPods Stories March 20

How to get the most money from selling your used AirPods

Want to pick up the new AirPods, and don’t want to keep your existing ones? Read on for how to get the most money from selling your used AirPods.

AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case shipping slips to April soon after launch

Apple released its new AirPods today with a Wireless Charging Case, more capable H1 chip, and more. Just hours after pre-orders going live, delivery times have started to slip.

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