New AirPods are here at last. On Wednesday, Apple announced its second-generation AirPods. The new wireless earbuds look identical to the old model, but come with a new H1 chip to achieve up to 50 percent longer talk time on a given charge, and enable hands-free "Hey Siri" voice controls. With the H1 chip, the new AirPods get up to 5 hours of listening time and up to 3 hours of talk time (up from 2 hours on the first-gen AirPods). The new chip also enables 2x faster audio connection when switching between Apple devices (i.e.
Apple says the AirPods Pro offer "superior sound quality" with audio feature called Adaptive EQ. According to the company, the tool "automatically tunes" low and mid-range frequencies to suit each person's ears. There's also an amplifier on board for "pure, incredibly clear sound" and extended battery life. Apple says the drivers inside the AirPods Pro can produce bass down to 20Hz to round out the "immersive" audio quality. To help you find the right fit, there's an Ear Tip Fit Test that examines the seal for each ear to determine what size tip will be best for you.
Sure, we all had some reservations when Apple unveiled these wireless earbuds -- admit it, they look a little silly -- but we've been pleasantly surprised. In fact, these headphones are one of the best pairs to use at the gym, office, morning commute -- just about anywhere. One caveat: AirPods are by no means cheap. If you're going to pay $160 for some teeny, tiny hi-tech earbuds, you might as well treat yourself to some quality accouterments that will make your listening experience as luxurious and comfortable as possible.
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