When are the AirPods 2 Coming Out?
If you are an Apple fan, you were probably disappointed with the whole AirPods 2 release situation. Instead of releasing a brand new pair of AirPods this year, Apple only updated the existing AirPods. While this did bring improvements, many people were looking forward to a bigger innovation.
This article will take a look at the changes Apple made to AirPods in 2019, but we’ll also talk about the real AirPods 2 release. Don’t lose hope, because they will likely land near the end of 2019, or even more likely in early 2020.
The New AirPods
Before discussing the AirPods 2 release, let’s take a look at what is already available. The 2019 version brings some interesting new features to the table. The overall improvements worth mentioning are the longer battery life, hands-free options with “Hey Siri,” and better inter-device connectivity.
The sound quality remains the same, which is a bit of a letdown. There is a new H1 chip, which enables all the improvements mentioned just now. On top of that, there is a wireless charging case for AirPods. This is great news because QI-compatible mats can be used for charging, instead of using a cable.
“Hey, Siri” is great because it makes changing songs and managing the volume much easier. No more finger tapping for Siri activation is a big plus. But the H1 chip is the best new addition here because switching from one device to another is twice faster now. It supports Bluetooth 5.0, which also improves the reach of the AirPods.
This chip also slightly improves the battery efficiency of AirPods. Now you have the battery span for three hours of talk time, five hours of listening to music, and another 24 hours if you get the wireless case.
AirPods 2 Expectations
Although these improvements are neat, Apple fans want more out of AirPods. Hopefully, all the long-awaited features will be included with the new release, i.e. the new generation of AirPods. Here are all the features AirPods 2 should bring to the table.
Unfortunately, the 2019 edition of AirPods is only available in plain white, again. Apple certainly knows how to make stylish color variations – just look at iPads and iPhones – and users feel that AirPods should not be excluded from that. At least a black option will likely be included in the new release.
Noise cancellation is a great feature of regular, cable headphones. After seeing Sony make their WF 1000X, which are wireless and have noise-cancellation, Apple fans want the same treatment.
This is a big feature everyone is expecting from AirPods 2, and hopefully, Apple can deliver it. They are already working on ambient noise technology, so there is definitely hope.
Apple is proud of their family of products, and it makes sense that they want to prioritize interconnectivity among their own products – and unsurprisingly, AirPods work like a charm on iPhone.
However, you have to jump through hoops to connect AirPods to your Android. Maybe Apple will improve the whole process in the new edition of AirPods, but this hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Some other features that didn’t make the cut in the refurbished 2019 AirPods could possibly come with AirPods 2. It would be nice if they were made to be waterproof, or at least have a waterproof edition for people that need it.
Some new buttons would be nice as well, as most of the controls go through Siri as of now. You can double-tap your right earbud to play or skip tracks (2019 AirPods) but that’s all. Built-in volume control and rewind buttons would be a good addition.
The Takeaway on AirPods 2
Many people call the 2019 AirPods the second generation, but there is not enough improvement to back up that statement, as this is merely a slight improvement to the first generation of AirPods. The H1 chip, the additional Siri functionality, and the wireless charger case are all great, but fans expected more, considering that years have passed since the original release.
Hopefully, the actual AirPods 2, which are coming soon, are going to fulfill all the expectations. Nothing is certain yet, as there is no official statement about the release from Apple.
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