Apple AirPods 2 Announced With Wireless Charging Case And ‘Hey Siri’ Support

Apple AirPods 2 Announced With Wireless Charging Case And ‘Hey Siri’ Support

Apple AirPods 2 Announced With Wireless Charging Case And ‘Hey Siri’ Support

by March 26, 2019

Apple has announced the upgrade of Apple AirPods with the AirPods 2. The gadget will come with an optional wireless charging case. The second-gen AirPods came during the launch of the iPhone XS/XR launch last year as a teaser. It has now been announced more than two years after the release of the original AirPods.

The new AirPods are backed by a new Apple-designed H1 chip. This chip replaces the existing W1 chip and it comes with improved battery life, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ feature, and Qi wireless charging case.

In the official press statement, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said, “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods.”

The AirPods 2 is adorned with a set of interesting features.

Hey Siri’ Airpods

The new H1 chip in the AirPods 2 comes with Apple’s custom audio architecture. Due to this, the performance of the Airpods 2 is far more enhanced than the previous variant. The chip has been designed specifically for headphones and to offer faster connectivity. It comes with up to 50% extra talk time as compared to the earlier variants of the AirPods. To further delight the users, Apple has ensured that Siri will be just a voice command away with the AirPods 2.

As the connectivity speed is almost twice as fast, it can enable to easily switch between two devices. With the hands-free “Hey Siri” feature, users can now place calls, control music playback and do much more with the AirPods 2. While there is nothing explicitly mentioned by Apple on the wired and wireless charging speeds, both options will enable users to enjoy over 24 hours of listening time.

Price and Availability

The second-gen AirPods are currently available for purchase in the US only. The new AirPods will come to India later in the year and will be sold through Apple Authorised Resellers. The price of the gadget in India has not yet been declared.

The new AirPods with the same old wired charging case will come at a price tag of 14,900, which is a bit higher than the price of $159 (Rs 11,000) in the U.S. It is even higher than the Rs 12,999 price tag of the original AirPods in India. Users can buy the new AirPods along with a wireless charging case for Rs. Rs 18,900 which is still higher than the $199 or approximately Rs 13,700 price tag at which it is offered to the users in the U.S. If there are users who do not intend to spend so much, they can buy the wireless charging case for your existing Apple AirPods at a price tag of Rs 7,500.