Apple AirPods

Apple’s truly wireless wireless earbuds

Apples first announced their AirPods on the 9th September 2016 at an Apple Special Event. Apple originally planned to release the AirPods in late October. However Apple delayed the release of the AirPods until the 13th of December and was only available online. It wasn’t until the 20th of December that they were available at Apple stores and Apple authorised resellers.

1st Generation AirPods

Apple AirPods 1st Generation

AirPods 1 Features

The AirPods have a very similar form factor to the companies original wired EarPods, with the obvious omission of the cables and addition to Bluetooth connectivity. Despite the similar form factor, early reports suggest that the new AirPods were better at staying in your ears.

They offer Apple’s latest wireless pairing system, based on the W1 chip. They pair instantly, and that pairing propagates across all your Apple devices via iCloud. The secret sauce behind the new pairing system turned out to be all in the W1 chip in the headphones themselves, so it works with Bluetooth LE devices all the way back to the iPhone 5.

Battery Life (Talk)2 Hours
Battery Life (Music)5 Hours
Chipset W1
Bluetooth version4.2
Siri connectionDouble-tap to activate
Wireless chargingWith additional wireless
Charging Case purchase
iOS system requirementsiOS 10 or later
watchOS system requirementswatchOS 3 or later
macOS system requirementsmacOS High Sierra or later
Apple TV supportYes

2nd Generation AirPods

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

The second generation of Apple’s AirPods were released in March 2019 with the same form factor as the 1st generation. The difference between the 1st and 2nd generation is slight. The biggest change is the upgraded H1 chip which improves on the W1 chip in the following ways.

  • Up to 50% more talk time
  • Faster connection to phone calls
  • 2X faster switching between devices
  • 30% lower latency for gaming
  • Stronger connectivity
  • Support to voice activated Siri
Battery Life (Talk) 3 Hours
Battery Life (Music) 5 Hours
Chipset H1
Bluetooth version5.0
Siri connection Voice activated or double tap
Wireless charging with wireless charging case
iOS system requirements iOS 12.2 or later
watchOS system requirements watchOS 5.2 or later
macOS system requirements macOS 10.14.4 or later
Apple TV support Yes

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