Second generation Apple AirPods released

Apple Announces AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Optional

Apple's second-generation AirPods, aptly named AirPods 2, is finally here. The new AirPods feature a wireless charging case, improved battery life and hands-free access to its Siri voice assistant.

You will need to pay $199 for the latest Apple AirPods 2, as they are on sale right now.

Stay tuned for more product news and insights and updates as we get them, as Apple is expected to introduce the AirPower charging pad and a new iPod Touch later in the week.

If you've become good mates with Siri, which would seem to be the case with the majority of iPhone users, the new AirPods make summoning Siri a hands-free manoeuvre without a deft double-tap of that white plastic shell.

Apple said the AirPods with standard charging case will be available for Rs 14,900 and those with wireless charging case for Rs 18,900.

AirPods vs AirPods 2: Should You Upgrade?

The new version looks and costs the same, at $159, and will be available in stores next week. As you'd expect, iOS is reporting not only the wireless status of the iPhone, but of the earbuds and the AirPods case individually. Then the extra life between charges will please you: Apple says the new H2 chip at the heart of these second-gen sticks delivers up to 50 per cent more talk time.

Praise where it is due, Apple's earphones fit many people very well - perhaps a surprise, given their lack of flexible silicon tips and wings to ensure a good fit, as used by rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Buds. The chip is also in charge of better and faster connectivity.

Some of these upgrades have been a long time coming, like the iPad mini and the iMac which have not been updated for years. Most of Apple's competitor has already come forward with Qi charging module for phones & earbuds.

This pack of seven means you can pick a different color every day of the week, and the accessory takes just a moment to fit. In fact, he enjoyed it so much that he even went as far to change his profile name to "Tim Apple".

This new AirPods looks similar to the previous generation AirPods model but with the improvement under the hood. Each case holds additional charges for about 24 hours of total listening time. An LED light indicator located on the front of the case shows the charge status.

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