Apple announces AirPods 2 with wireless charging case

Apple Announces AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Optional

Apple Inc. rolled out second-generation AirPods Wednesday, adding hands-free Siri access, 50 per cent longer talk time and optional wireless charging to a product that's key for expanding revenue beyond iPhones.

The new AirPods can be ordered on Apple's website and are expected to start shipping next week.

In addition, the new devices deliver hand's free "Hey Siri" support, making it easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume, or get directions just by communicating your wishes to Apple's personal assistant. It may still be a good idea to pre-order AirPods 2.

The set will be available in two options: with a wireless charging case for $199 or with the normal standard case for $159 - the same price as the original AirPods. AirPower is created to charge an iPhone, AirPods and Apple watch at the same time.

The good news is that no one is sold out of AirPods 2 yet, so you can buy the new AirPods and get them soon.

Apple Announces AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Optional

The "Hey Siri" feature is a major convenience upgrade for Siri users, and it's one of the biggest reasons to buy the new AirPods, even if you own the existing model. With impressive new features like the Wireless Charging Case, H1 chip, "Hey Siri" support and up to 50 percent more talk time, you'll also be needing durable protection to keep these new accessories pristine and safe.

First up is a newly-designed H1 chip which Apple has built specifically for the headphones. For an extra $40, people can also purchase a wireless charging case for the product. That's for a pair with a standard charging case. The H1 chip is also responsible for better stable wireless connection to devices like iPhones and iPads.

Some of these upgrades have been a long time coming, like the iPad mini and the iMac which have not been updated for years.

AirPods are a key component of Apple's growing Wearables, Home and Accessories segment, which generated more than $17 billion in revenue past year.

It then goes on to describe how the earbuds would handle ambient noise, using a microphone to filter in noise from the outside world so that you can remain aware of your surroundings while still hearing your music. Both cases carry enough charge for more than 24 hours of total listening time. Created to push more deeply inside your ear than Apple's own design, they should help to significantly increase stability, while also blocking most external noise.

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