Apple launches the AirPods 2 - but it won’t come in black

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It's a significant change over what you had to do with the original AirPods to summon Siri, when you had to physically tap one of the pods.

Customers interested in purchasing the second generation AirPods wireless headphones can buy them with either the standard charging case or a new Qi-compatible wireless charging case starting today from apple.com or via the Apple Store app. Starting next week, you'll also be able to buy them from your local Apple Stores. This is the first time that the device is getting a new version.

Going a step further, these earbud covers for the Apple AirPods look more like conventional silicone tips.

The new AirPods with standard case will be available for $159 while the package with the wireless case is $199.

Earlier this week, Apple launched a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and updated its iPad Mini as well as iMac PCs.

"If Apple can sell [a] million more AirPods this year, then it can offset some of the recent declines in iPhone". Note that you can buy the new Wireless Charging Case to use with the old AirPods too. The first generation charging case was having this LED in the middle of the lid where the earbuds were placed for charging.

The AirPods 2 was unveiled yesterday and the product page was updated soon after. It can now be activated with the words "Hi Siri!", just as it has worked on iPhone and HomePod speakers for some time.

Praise where it is due, Apple's earphones fit many people very well - perhaps a surprise, given their lack of flexible silicon tips and wings to ensure a good fit, as used by rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Buds.

Apple's newly launched AirPods comes with the same battery life as the previous model.

The new products announced by Apple aren't the company's major product lines.

These are not the AirPods 2. A separate voice accelerometer kicks in when you're speaking to block out ambient sound.

This is even more of a benefit if you use Siri Shortcuts.

Apple also claims the H2 chip provides faster reconnection to and switching between Bluetooth devices, and of course the initial pairing is as delightfully simple as we've ever seen.

The new H1 chip will power the new AirPods 2, and it is created to keep stable the connection to the smartphone, according to Apple.

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