Debuted in 2016, Apple’s AirPods are highly regarded as one of the company’s best products in recent years. The AirPods provides portability, excellent battery life, simple charging, easy connectivity, and unparalleled Bluetooth range.
AirPods are so popular that Apple still has difficulty keeping them in stock at times. Even now, it’s not unusual to see AirPods everywhere, including in films, on the street, in TV shows, and everywhere else you look.
If you’re new to AirPods, thinking about buying a pair, or just want to pick up some new tips, this article is for you.
What are AirPods?
AirPods are Apple’s totally wire-free headphones, which look a bit like the Apple EarPods from older devices, but cable-free. AirPods have Apple-designed tech inside such as a special wireless chip called the W1 or H1 (based on the version), an accelerometer for gestures, dual optical sensors, dual beamforming microphones for Siri and phone calls, as well as a second accelerometer for speech detection.
AirPods come with the AirPods charging case, which is used for both storage and charging purposes so the AirPods don’t get lost. The charging case is around the size of a pack of dental floss, so it fits easily into a pocket. A lightning port at the bottom lets the AirPods and the case is charged with the lightning cables you already own. Also, the wireless charging case lets you charge with a Qi wireless charger.
How many versions of AirPods are there?
The AirPods were first up for sale in December 2016 and were refreshed in March 2019, so there are two versions of the AirPods: the original AirPods and the second-generation AirPods. Though both versions are referred to as “AirPods,” but there are some obvious differences between them.
The second-generation AirPods, or AirPods 2, have an enhanced H1 chip instead of a W1 chip. The H1 lets the AirPods switch between your devices twice as fast and connecting a phone call is 1.5x faster. The new AirPods have the same typical battery life, however three hours of talk time instead of two. You won’t see any design differences between AirPods 1 and AirPods 2 since they’re identical.