Since their release in 2016, Apple AirPods have progressively dominated the wireless headphone market. Now, in 2019, the newest version has finally arrived. These new AirPods are already available to order on apple.com, and they will be available for purchase in Apple Stores starting next week.
There is not doubt that AirPods have seen their biggest spike in popularity beginning in late 2018. They truly are a unique product, and for the most part, they have received great reviews about overall quality. In a press release, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said,
“AIRPODS DELIVERED A MAGICAL WIRELESS EXPERIENCE AND HAVE BECOME OF THE MOST BELOVED PRODUCTS WE HAVE EVER MADE. THEY CONNECT EASILY WITH ALL OF YOUR DEVICES, AND PROVIDE CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND AND INTUITIVE, INNOVATIVE CONTROL OF YOUR MUSIC AND AUDIO.”
Although the exterior design has not changed, there are a few noteworthy internal features for these upgraded AirPods. First off, the new H1 chip “brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.” Ultimately, this chip will make voice commands more seamless, as well as switching between other devices.
The Wireless Charging Case is another new game changing feature. AirPods can now be purchased either with the standard charging case for $159, or the Wireless Charging Case for $199. For those who simply want to upgrade their standard case to the wireless, it will cost $79. Finally, AirPod buyers can also add personal engraving into their headphones, free of charge.