Adds Hands-Free “Hey Siri” and Optional Wireless Charging Case
Apple today announced new 2nd generation AirPods that look the same as the original. These new wireless earphones cost $159 (same as before) or $199 with wireless charging case. Each features a new Apple-designed H1 chip, faster connect times, and the convenience of hands-free “Hey Siri.”
The new Apple-designed H1 chip features custom audio architecture to create a revolutionary audio experience and improved synchronization. H1 allows AirPods to deliver up to 50 percent more talk time compared to first generation AirPods. Switching between devices while listening to music on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad is more seamless than ever with two times faster connect times.
For the first time, AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” making it easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions simply by saying, “Hey Siri.” The prior model requires double-tapping the side of either AirPod to activate Siri.
The new AirPods for 2019 come with either the standard charging case or the new Wireless Charging Case. Each case holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time, ensuring AirPods are charged and ready to go whenever you are. The Wireless Charging Case is designed to offer the freedom of wireless charging with Qi-compatible charging solutions. An LED light indicator located on the front of the case conveniently shows the charge status with just a glance. Existing AirPods customers can purchase the standalone Wireless Charging Case.
“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”
Price and Availability
New Apple AirPods and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are available today March 20, 2019 at https://www.apple.com/shop/select-airpods, and will be in Apple Stores beginning next week.
- AirPod with Wireless Charging Case – $199
- AirPods with Charging Case (wired) – $159
- Wireless Charging Case – $79