Having decided not to wait for the next event, Apple today unveiled the second version of the AirPods , updating the original model, which is about to turn three years from the date of the start of sales. Externally, the headphones have not changed, so the users have a reasonable question: what is the difference between them? We answer it, and also we understand whether it is worth updating if the first version completely suits.
First, the headphones received a new Apple H1 chip, which promises an accelerated connection to Apple devices and a 30% reduction in the delay in playing music. And if the first item is a nice addition, then the reduced delay is an important change: it will be especially noticeable when watching a video. In the current generation of AirPods, the sound in the headphones lags far behind the video sequence.
Secondly, the new generation works longer without recharging during calls. The company claims a 50% increase in autonomy in talk mode – now up to 3 hours. There is nothing to say about music playback in the press release, therefore we stick to the same values: up to 5 hours of music playback and up to 24 hours with case recharges.
The third is wireless charging. The second AirPods will be sold both with a standard charging case and with a new one – with support for wireless power according to the Qi standard. In this case, the new case does not differ from the original in size, so it can be purchased for 6,590 rubles and used with headphones of the first version. You can charge it not only wirelessly, but also with a Lightning cable.
The last thing worth mentioning of the innovations is the support of the “Hi Siri” team. To call a voice assistant, you do not need to tap on the headphones or get a smartphone: just say “Hi, Siri” and say the request. This is the fourth and final difference between the new AirPods and the original model.
Is it worth it?
I think this: if the old headphones still work for a long time and are completely satisfied, and the new features of AirPods do not make your life better, you can not buy the second generation. At least for now – the release of the next version may be delayed, and after some time the second generation will certainly fall in price for some sellers.
And if you really want to use the AirPods and you are just waiting for a new model – go ahead for shopping. In addition, if you do not need a wireless charging, you can save a lot: headphones with a standard case are sold for 13,490 rubles (as well as the first generation), while the option in a case with the possibility of wireless charging costs already 16,990 rubles.
The strangest thing you can spend money on is a case with the possibility of wireless charging. It costs almost 7 thousand rubles, but adds only one function, which is hardly worth your money. Like the regular version, it stores up to 24 hours of autonomy for each headphone and is made in a glossy white color.
New AirPods and a charging case are already available for order on the Apple website, but will be delivered to customers only 2-3 weeks after placing the order. Later, these periods will be reduced to 1-5 days.