Apple has just announced the long-awaited second generation of its AirPods. The apple brand updates its fully wireless headphones. How are they different? We provide the answers to your questions. They are distinguished by their specific characteristics and the integration of new tricks. However, some details remain the same.


No one has ever complained about the slowness of AirPods when pairing with another device. However, that hasn’t stopped Apple from making some improvements. Its new H1 chip, which replaces the W1 chip, will be twice as fast. This is a significant advantage for people ” moving from one device to another”.

The H1 chip also offers 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls. During games, it reduces the latency by 30%. As the American company did not boast of advances in sound quality, new generations should offer the same sound as their predecessors. They faithfully reproduced the different lines.

Apple also highlights 50% more conversation. The battery life has not changed, a single charge guarantees 5 hours of use.

Airpods Design

The two AirPods look like two drops of water except for one detail. Yes, there is an LED indicator on the front of the charging case. Its presence simplifies verification. The two previous methods are longer. Owners should open the cover of the case, move their iPhone closer and read the information on the screen. The other way is to use the Batteries widget on their phone.

AirPods always combine white and silver tones. Apple does not offer any color options, despite the wishes of fans. In terms of dimensions and weight, the two devices seem identical.

Special features

But back to this compatibility “Say Siri”. Benefiting from the still remarkable efficiency of the microphones with spatial filtering present on each of the headphones, the call detection is of a very satisfactory quality overall. Some people might criticize him for being a little too sensitive to outside noise – do not expect to be able to activate the assistant in a low voice in public transport, for example. But it would probably have been unreasonable to expect anything better.

The other improvement received by the second generation AirPods concerns their autonomy, slightly increasing in conversation only. In listening only, the promise is always 5 hours of listening with the headphones only, and 24 hours accumulated including the recharges lavished by the case – numbers confirmed by our measurements. In conversation, however, the headphones alone spend 2 hours to 3 hours of continuous use.

The signal latency in Bluetooth is around 183 ms. It’s not insignificant, but we are still in the low average of true wireless headphones. What’s more, when AirPods are connected to an iOS or macOS device, this delay is automatically compensated for when playing a video, in order to guarantee satisfactory sound / image synchronization.


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