About the Apple® AirPods (2nd Generation)
Back, and even better than before
Apple promises even better, more reliable wireless performance with their state-of-the-art H1 chip.
Back, and even better than before
I've been anxiously waiting for this one: the update to Apple's game-changing, 100% wire-free AirPods. A few years back, these best-sellers shook up the headphone world and basically created one of our most popular categories — true wireless earbuds. Apple loaded this latest version with some cutting-edge tech, stronger battery, and even more convenience features.
Powered by Apple's new H1 wireless chip
It's all thanks to the new H1 chip, which Apple says performs much better than the previous generation's W1 chip. That statement speaks volumes. An engineer from another revered audio company told me that they still considered the W1 the most advanced wireless chip out there — just earlier this year. While the AirPods will play music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled phone or music source, the H1 chip makes pairing up with Apple devices even more special.
Steady, high-quality connection to your Apple gear
Easy and straightforward. That's the best way to describe the wireless pairing process between the AirPods and your Apple products. A one-tap connection syncs up the earbuds to your iPhone®, and then you're automatically paired to other devices on your iCloud account (like your Apple Watch®, iMac®, or iPad®).
The H1 chip ensures an even stronger wireless connection than the first-generation AirPods, along with higher-fidelity streaming. Apple claims this new version offers 30% lower latency, too. That's key when watching videos or playing games, when you need the audio and video to sync up correctly.
My wife Meghan's take:
Just 15 minutes in the case provides enough power to get the AirPods up and running again.
I received a sample pair of the 2nd-gen AirPods, and brought them home for my wife Meghan to try. While these headphones would play music just fine with my Samsung Galaxy phone, I knew she'd get more use out of them with her iPhone 8 Plus. Well, she told me these were the best true wireless earbuds she's ever used with her phone.
The main reason? Convenience. "Sometimes I have trouble pairing up Bluetooth headphones with my iPhone. I'll have to toggle Bluetooth off and on, or reboot the headphones or the phone — or both," she told me. "The AirPods and iPhone immediately recognized each other the first time I used them. From there, I just pulled the AirPods out of the case, popped them in, and they were ready to go."
They also fit more securely than she expected. "When I see people wearing them out in public, they look like they might fall out — but they actually stay in pretty nicely, and don't wiggle around at all when I move my head," she said.
She told me the only real frustration came when she forgot to charge the AirPods, and they ran out of power. But 15 minutes in the case gave them enough juice for hours of listening time.
Her main use for headphones is watching tutorials on YouTube for work, and she didn't notice any lag between the audio and video. "I also put them in to FaceTime my sister," said Meghan, "and she told me my voice sounded much clearer with the AirPods than when I just use my phone."
Clear phone calls and more talk time
AirPods have become an everyday essential for some, often as much for phone calls as music listening. When I visited New York City earlier this year for CanJam 2019, I noticed countless people wearing them. And why not? They make it so easy to hop on conference calls, order food, or carry on conversations as you move along the sidewalk.
With the new H1 chip, phone calls connect to these headphones even quicker. And a super-powerful, voice-detecting microphone can filter out external sounds for clear calls in noisier environments. Plus they offer more talk time than the original model — you get up to three hours on a full charge.
Smarter, hands-free Siri® voice control
This new chip makes Siri voice commands easier, too. Instead of having to double-tap the AirPods to activate Siri, you can just say "Hey Siri" and follow it up with a command or request.
After a one-time setup through a connected device (like your iPhone), Siri will recognize your voice command. Just how smart are these earbuds? When you remove one — or both — music will stop playing, and it resumes as soon as you put them back in.
A carrying case that recharges your earbuds
Thanks to the H1 chip's battery management, the tiny AirPods offer five hours of music listening on a full charge, or three hours of phone calls. Siri will keep you updated on your battery life. When you need to refuel, just click the AirPods into the included charging carrying case, which is a little bigger than a matchbox. It can bank 24 hours of power to recharge your AirPods. Just 15 minutes inside the case gives your AirPods up to three hours of wireless use.
- built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music listening and phone calls
- Apple's new H1 chip provides seamless, reliable wireless connection with iPhone and other Apple devices
- AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
- no connecting cord between left and right earbud
- clear, detailed sound for music and calls
- easy, one-tap pairing with iPhone simultaneously syncs up your iPad, iMac, and Apple Watch
- requires iCloud account and iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, or watchOS 5.2
- dual beam-forming microphones with voice recognition for calls and Siri control
- control music, volume, and Siri by tapping either AirPod
- optical sensors automatically stop music in either AirPod when removed
- AirPods can be used one at a time or as a pair
- built-in rechargeable batteries offer up to 5 hours of listening
- up to 3 hours of phone call talk time
- included carrying case banks up to 24 hours of power to recharge AirPods
- 15 minutes inside case provides enough power for 3 hours of listening
- Lightning® cable included for charging case
- AirPod weight: 0.14 ounces (each)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # MV7N2AM/A
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More details on the Apple® AirPods (2nd Generation)
Features & specs
|Earcup Width x Height|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||NA Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 year|
|Labor Warranty||1 year|