The Apple AirPods 2 (second generation) has finally been released. The first generation was released back in 2016 and many fans have waited so long for this. This second generation comes with the latest features in the market such as wireless charging. The AirPods, however, looks much identical with the first generation. The main upgrades are in its hardware and software. Let’s check it out.
The Apple AirPods design is no different from the first generation. Each unit weighs 4 grams. While the wireless charging case weighs 40 grams. In terms of dimensions, each unit measures 16.5 by 18.0 by 40.5 mm. And the case measures 44.3 by 21.3 by 53.5 mm.
Sadly, this new AirPods doesn’t offer colour variety as we saw on the Samsung Galaxy Buds. Apple had enough time since the first generation to figure out users like to have options in colours, but we guess they decided to stick with their iconic white colour. The AirPods 2 doesn’t feature certification for sweat and splash resistant like the Galaxy buds. So you’re taking a risk if the AirPods accompanies you to the gym for workouts.
The AirPods 2 comes with better sound quality than the first generation due to the H1 chip. The mid-range bass and treble are much clearer now. The bass is powerful and overall sound is heavier with more details to it. I think Apple made the AirPods 2 louder to further act as noise cancellation, so you won’t hear what’s happening in your surroundings. Unlike the Galaxy Buds that goes deep into the ear canal. Since the AirPods doesn’t go that deep, this might be their own way of cancelling outside noise.
Connectivity is as easy as it has been on the first generation. By opening the AirPods 2 next to your device, you’ll get a pop-up pair screen on your device, which will pair immediately you accept the request. The connection is fast, swift and simple. The system requirements for the AirPods 2 are;
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models with iOS 12.2 or later
- Apple Watch models with watchOS 5.2 or later
- Mac models with macOS 10.14.4 or later
- Apple TV models with tv 12.2 or later
The AirPods 2 comes with Apple H1 chip. This chip allows Apple to integrate the “Hey Siri” feature. It’s also responsible for lowering the lag encountered when gaming and offers 50% faster connection for phone calls. Apple claims the H1 chip eliminates distortion which helps offer better call quality in windy conditions.
You can adjust the volume, change the song, get directions or even make a call by simply saying “Hey Siri” followed by your request. When listening to music or podcast, you can play or skip forward with a double-tap. The AirPods 2 makes use of motion accelerometers and optical sensors to detect when it’s in your ears. It automatically stops what you’re listening to once you remove it from your ears.
When making a call or talking to Siri, there is an additional accelerometer with speech-detecting that works with beamforming microphones to filter out background noise and only focus on your voice. There is no functional button on the AirPods 2, so you’ll practically rely on Siri for common tasks like music playbacks and the making of calls.
Apple didn’t change the battery life from the first generation. The AirPods 2 can last up to 5 hours listening time and 3 hours talk time. While the AirPods and the case give you a total of 24 hours listening time and 18 hours talk time. A 15 minutes charge of the AirPods in the case, gets you up to 3 hours listening time and 2 hours talk time. The AirPods case can be charged using a Qi wireless charger or lightning connector.
Apple AirPods 2 Price
The AirPods 2 cost about $199 directly from Apple. And you’ll get the wireless charging case along with it.