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The Secret Sauce Behind Apple's New AirPods? A New Chip, the Company Says

TIME - Tech

Continuing its week of surprise hardware announcements, Apple on Wednesday announced an updated version of its AirPods, the company's wireless earbuds. While the second-generation model brings expected improvements like increased talk time, the kicker comes in the form of an optional wireless charging option that partially fulfills a two-year-old promise. The new AirPods also make it easier to go truly hands-free thanks to some updated internals. Apple's second-generation AirPods are largely unchanged on the outside, but ditches the company's previous W1 processor in favor of a new chip called the H1. The new processor promises 50 percent more talk time, and allows the new AirPods switch from device to device up to twice as fast as the previous generation.


Apple announces new AirPods with longer talk time, hands-free Siri, and wireless charging case

Mashable

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 AirPods (2019) Review: Little, Better, Not That Different

WIRED

A curious thing has been happening with new Apple products the past couple years: They don't look new anymore. Apple seems to believe it has hit a design stride where the shapes and screens and curvature of things don't need a dramatic reinvention at this moment in time. AirPods are the latest example of this trend. The new second-generation AirPods look exactly the same as the pair of'pods released in late 2016, those long, white, bakelite-looking sex sticks dangling from the ears of the techno-elite. Over time, AirPods began popping up in (or hanging down from) more ears.


Apple launches second generation AirPods with wireless charging

The Guardian

Apple has launched a new version of its hugely popular wireless earbuds, the AirPods, with long-anticipated wireless charging and longer battery life. The second-generation AirPods look identical to the previous version, complete with a white stalk that looks like a set of earphones with the cables cut off. But now the earbuds last longer when used for phone calls between charges and support hands-free access to Apple's Siri voice assistant. The updated AirPods contain the new H1 chip, which is designed to ensure a stable connection to the smartphone, says Apple, something that still proves difficult for many manufacturers of truly wireless earbuds. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said the new Airpods offered "an extra hour of talk-time, faster connections, hands-free'Hey Siri' and the convenience of a new wireless battery case".


Apple plans to launch 'high-end' over-ear headphones to eclipse Beats brand

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple is planning its own version of wireless, over-ear headphones. The California-based company is already developing the new'high-end' audio accessory, which could be available by the second half of this year, insiders claim. The decision follows the unprecedented success of their AirPods, which has become one of the firm's most successful products. It also comes just five years after they acquired Dr.Dre's Beats Electronics for $3billion (£2.27billion) in 2014. Apple's new wireless headphones could see a phasing-out of the hugely popular brand, which was purchased by the California company in 2014 The latest claim was made in a recent report about Sonos speakers by Bloomberg.