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New AirPods 2 vs. AirPods 1: What’s the difference and is it worthy of upgrade?

New AirPods 2 vs. AirPods 1: What’s the difference and is it worthy of upgrade?

By  Linky Johnson 2019-03-22 2344 0

Apple company released the long-awaited new generation of AirPods yesterday. As we expected, the Airpods 2 is equipped with a brand new Qi wireless charging box, supporting the "Hey Siri" function, and using the Apple H1 headset chip. The Apple AirPods 2 made a number of improvements on the basis of the original AirPods. What’s the difference between the Airpods 2 and Airpods 1? Is it worthy of upgrade? Let’s find out.

Wireless charging box

One of the major changes in the new AirPods is that it is equipped with a wireless charging box that supports the Qi standard. The charging box can not only charge AirPods wirelessly, it can also realize wireless charging using any charger that supports Qi standard  (of course, lightning interface can be used as well). Some third-party vendors offered wireless charging solutions for the first generation of AirPods, but it clearly brought additional costs.



In addition, Apple sells new AirPods with wireless charging boxes separately. At the same time, we can also buy wireless charging boxes for 679 yuan. A small change in the appearance of the wireless charging box is that the LED indicator has moved from the inside to the outside.


In addition, Apple sells new AirPods with wireless charging boxes. At the same time, we can also buy wireless charging boxes for $101. A small change in the appearance of the wireless charging box is that the LED indicator has moved from the inside to the outside.


Battery performance

New AirPods with wireless charging boxes and AirPods without wireless charging boxes both extend battery life by 50% compared with the first generation of AirPods.

 

AirPods 2 AirPods 1
Single charge listening time
5 hours
5 hours
Single charge talking time
3 hours
2 hours
listening time with wireless charging case
over 24 hours
over 24 hours
talking time with wireless charging case
18 hours
11 hours
listening time of 15 minutes fast charging in the case
3 hours
3 hours
talking time of 15 minutes fast charging in the case
2 hours
over 1 hour

 

Function and performance

In addition to new wireless charging boxes, the second-generation AirPods also provides an improved H1 chip, which is an improvement over the first-generation AirPods' W1 chip. In addition to helping achieve a 50% increase in call time, H1 chips can reduce game latency by 30%. The new AirPods connection is 1.5 times faster and the switchgear is twice faster.

 

Functions AirPods 2 AirPods 1
"Hey Siri"
Yes
No
New H1 chip
Yes
No
W1 chip
No
Yes
Wireless connection
Yes
Yes
Automatically on, automatically connected
Yes
Yes
Dual microphones and dual optical sensors
Yes
Yes
Motion-detecting accelerometer
Yes
Yes
Speech-detecting accelerometer
Yes
Yes

 

The new AirPods can provide customized sculpture services, but they may be shipped later than orders without sculpture.


With regard to sweat/waterproof, the new AirPods do not seem to have made any improvements or changes, which means that they can be used normally during daily exercise or light rain, but they do not have waterproof functions.


The second generation of AirPods is only compatible with iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2 and macOS 10.4.4 and higher versions (which will be updated next week).


Price

The new AirPods 2 with wireless charging cases is available for $199, and $159 with the standard case. If you already own the AirPods 1 and don’t want to buy the new one, you can also buy the new AirPods wireless charging case seperately with $79.99. Thus, the new AirPods 2 with standard charging case comes with almost the same price as the original one, so it is really worthy of upgrade to new one.

 

 

 You may also want to read:
 Apple AirPods 2 new features are exposed: will be fully charged within 15 minutes
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