New Apple AirPods Have a Wireless Charging Case & Longer Battery Life

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A standalone Wireless Charging Case is available for $99 CAD, which is compatible with first generation AirPods.

More specifically, Apple says that switching between devices - whether you want to listen on an iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad - should be twice as fast now.

"AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we've ever made". They will land in Apple Stores starting next week. The option to get the case without having to buy whole new AirPods is great, but at that price we wonder whether it's worth upgrading to new AirPods as a whole, if only to get some earbuds with fresh batteries inside.

According to a press release, the AirPods 2 feature Apple's new H1 chip, which gives better performance, faster connect times, and up to 50% more talk time than the original AirPods.

The old Apple AirPods also cost £159 when they launched originally.

For music playback, the new AirPods retain the same 5 hour listening time and the charging case can provide more than 24 hours of battery life. Instead, that is an optional accessory which costs extra.

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This case works with both the new AirPods with the H1 chip, as well as the original AirPods.

Apple has launched the second-generation AirPods, featuring a new H1 chip and a wireless charging case. The problem, of course, is that AirPods don't fit in the charging case while they have silicone covers on them.

The charging case will offer up to two hours of talk time and three hours of listening time with 15 minutes of charge.

While AirPods haven't changed on the outside, under the hood, there's a lot to be excited about.

The second-generation AirPods look identical to the previous version, complete with a white stalk that looks like a set of earphones with the cables cut off.

Apple AirPods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 7, 2016.