Hey, look, new AirPods! Apple’s update to its wireless headphones includes 50 percent more talk-time, the “Hey Siri” feature and wireless charging option that we’ve been expecting, and a twist: the W1 chip in the original has been replaced by a new Apple-designed H1 chip.
That H1 chip apparently features better audio and synchronization, allowing for faster switching between multiple devices, as well as more energy-efficiency for talk time.
By default, the AirPods cost $159, the same price as the original, or $199 if you opt for the new wireless charging case, that’s totally compatible with a hypothetical wireless charging pad.
Personally, I’m still holding out hope Apple will make wireless over-the-ear headphones with its own custom chips in them. A man can dream, right?
—Linked by Dan Moren