Apple debuts new AirPods with more talk time and wireless charging

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Apple has quietly dropped the new AirPods which comes with a bunch of new features and improvements over the first generation of AirPods. "They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio", said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Owners of the original AirPods can also upgrade to the wireless case for a trifling - checks notes - £79? There's a reason to believe Apple will outperform the 1 million sales projection associated with the new AirPods, lofty expectations they hope will compensate for financials incurred in 2018.

Apple The integrated H1 chip allows listeners to ask Siri for directions via the AirPods. Siri is always listening now, for more hands-free convenience. Although it would have been nice to get longer listening time, more than 24 hours of listening time in buds in such compact earbuds and case is still far more than competing products. It's optional because the new AirPods come with a regular case by default, this combo costs $160 (charging is done over a Lightning cable).

The new products are available for order today, with free engraving available online. Previously, users had to touch the side of one AirPod before speaking a command to Siri, Apple's virtual assistant. And yes, the wireless charging case is Qi-compatible.

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

What just happened? After months of rumors and a report claiming they could launch in March, Apple has finally unveiled its second-generation AirPods.

Overall, not a huge amount has changed between the two generations of Apple AirPods, with many rumored features not making it to the final iteration of the AirPods 2.

Purchase options for the second-generation AirPods.

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