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Apple just revealed a new pair of wirefree AirPods, the first significant update to the product since its original introduction in late 2016. They include a new, Apple-designed chip made specifically for faster wireless connections, that also promises 50 percent more talk time, although although Apple hasn’t said whether the battery itself is larger.
The new AirPods look exactly the same as the first pair, but are built with what Apple is calling the “H1” chip, which replaces the W1 chip that made its way into the original AirPods and some Beats headphones. Apple says the new chip makes the headphones perform more efficiently and connect to your device faster. Apple also says it adds up to an extra hour of talk time with the ‘pods; the new battery life claim is five hours of listening time, three hours of talk time per charge. You can also summon Siri on the new AirPods using voice only; the previous pair required you to tap on one of the AirPods.
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Apple hasn’t shared many details yet about the new H1 chip. The W1 chip, which was also Bluetooth compatible, was custom-designed to prioritize fast syncing and switching between Apple products. It also supported sensors within the AirPods, so that audio streams would pause if you took an AirPod out of your ear. Expect that same functionality in these new AirPods, which also still support standard Bluetooth, so they can be used with non-Apple products.
The other new accessory Apple has added is an optional wireless charging case that's compatible with the ubiquitous Qi charging standard. The new AirPods alone cost $159, the same as the previous generation. When you throw in the new case, they’re $199. And if you’re happy sticking with your old AirPods, you can buy the wireless charging case as a standalone...
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