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Apple Announces New AirPods with “Hey Siri” and More

Girl with second-generation AirPods

Apple has continued releasing products this week by announcing new AirPods. In what has fast become the world’s most popular wireless headphones. Second-generation AirPods have 50% more talk time, allow for hands-free “Hey Siri”, and are powered by a new Apple-designed H1 Chip. In addition, a new optional Wireless Charging Case is designed to offer the freedom of wireless charging with Qi-compatible charging solutions.

New AirPods

From the outside, the design remains unchanged over the first generation. However, a new H1 Chip inside, which was specifically designed for wireless headphones, brings a number of new enhancements. These include:

  • 50% more talk-time
  • Faster switching between devices while listening to music is up to 2x faster
  • Hands-free “Hey Siri”

Apple goes on to explain the H1 chip features custom audio architecture to “create a revolutionary audio experience and improved synchronisation”. It is also responsible for allowing hands-free “Hey Siri” for the first time. This will allow you to speak to Siri wirelessly to, for example, change music, send messages, ask for directions, adjust volume, and more.

“Hey Siri, play something I will like”

Another first, the option to buy AirPods with a Wireless Charging Case. All new AirPods still come with a standard charging case that holds enough charge for 24-hours of listening time. But the new Wireless Charging Case enabled you to wirelessly charge it with Qi-compatible charging solutions. It will also be compatible with Apple’s long-awaited AirPower wireless charging pad. Apple is also making the new case available for purchase separately, and it’s compatible with previous AirPods.

Pricing and Release

In Australia, new AirPods are priced at an RRP of A$249, while AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are priced at an RRP of A$319. The Wireless Charging Case can be purchased separately for A$129.

AirPods are now available for order from Apple’s online store and come with free fast shipping and 14-day returns. Apple says customers can expect new AirPods in stores from next week.

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