Apple Announces Second-Gen AirPods

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Continuing its trend of surprise announcements, Apple has unveiled yet another updated device. This time, it's a refresh of the lauded wireless headphones, the AirPods, which feature bolstered specs across the board, including bumps in battery life, efficiency, and sync times—not to mention just-added voice-activated "Hey Siri" functionality.

The secret behind the AirPods' impressive update is the new Apple-designed H1 chip, which was engineered specifically to improve the headphones' efficiency and performance. Those improvements translate to 50 percent more talk time (roughly, 1 hour) and two-times faster connect times between devices, so you'll be able to sync and listen faster than ever. In addition to those performance enhancements, the second-gen AirPods now feature hands-free Siri functionality, which enables users to change songs, make phone calls, adjust playback volume, and more, using voice commands.

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (2nd Generation)
Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (2nd Generation)

The second-gen AirPods come with two options for charging cases: standard or wireless. Both cases hold enough juice for more than 24 hours of additional listening time. As an additional benefit, the wireless charging case supports Qi-compatible devices, so you can recharge it wirelessly. You can also buy the Wireless Charging Case separately.

Apple Wireless Charging Case for AirPods
Apple Wireless Charging Case for AirPods

The second-gen AirPods and accessories are available to order now, at B&H.

With nearly 35 million units sold, the original AirPods are Apple's most popular accessory to date. Do you think the second-generation AirPods can top them? Let us know in the Comments section.

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