AirPods 2 vs. AirPods: What's changed with Apple's new earbuds?

AirPods 2 vs. AirPods: What's changed with Apple's new earbuds?


Apple's new AirPods (or AirPods 2 if you prefer) have arrived, more than two years after the release of the original version. The wireless Bluetooth earbuds don't look any different from the old AirPods and miss out on a couple of our most-wanted updates.

Wireless charging case

The new AirPods offer a wireless charging case, as we expected. You can buy it with the new AirPods themselves ($199, £199, AU$319), or if you'd rather add wireless charging to your first-gen AirPods, you can buy the case separately for $79.

The new AirPods are also available with a standard charging case for $159 (£159, AU$249).

All the cases (wireless charge or not) can still charge via Lightning as well.

The same familiar design

Nothing new here apart from some cosmetic tweaks to the wireless charging case. The charging light is on the front of the case, rather than on the inside, presumably so you can see it easier when the case is lying on a Qi charging pad. The new AirPods are still only available in white.

You get the same touch controls on both so you can play and pause tracks or answer calls from the AirPods. They both also share the same sensors that know when the pod is in your ear. Read more




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