Apple has just launched the second generation AirPods. The new truly wireless earphones will be available in the coming months in India. While a lot was expected from Apple this time, things haven’t really changed much with the new AirPods. Also, there is hardly any visible difference between the first and second generation AirPods. Of course, the prices are different and on paper, Apple seems to have done quite a bit. Here is a comparison between the two models of AirPods. Note that there are no rumored health tracking features in the new AirPods.
Both AirPods models look exactly the same but there’s a new LED indicator.
The first and second generation Apple AirPods looks exactly the same and there are no new colour options. You are still stuck with the same White colour with touches of Silver. The weight and size haven’t changed either. In fact, the first generation AirPods will fit inside the charging case of the second AirPods. Also, you can buy a common Wireless Charging Case at Rs 7,500 separately to use with both the models. This might come handy if Apple decides to launch the AirPower wireless charging mat later this year.
The only difference in design Apple has added is an LED light indicator on the charging case of the new AirPods. The light notifies you of the battery status.
What are the differences?
The new AirPods offer “Hey Siri” support
With the new AirPods, you are no longer required to double tap on a bud to activate Siri. You can now do so by simply saying “Hey Siri” to the AirPods itself. Apple claims this to make it truly hands-free and easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while navigating.
Expect improved performance with new H1 chip
The new AirPods come with the H1 chip instead of the W1 chip. Apple says the new H1 chip features custom audio architecture to deliver better audio experience and improved synchronization. But the company did not comment on any noticeable difference in audio quality.
The new AirPods claim to deliver up to 50 percent more talk time compared to first generation AirPods. If you thought that the first generation AirPods were slightly slower to connect and switch between devices then Apple claims the new AirPods offer two times faster connect times.
Better battery life
You can expect the same battery time of around 5 hours but it now “offers 50% more talktime”. The new AirPods come with either the standard charging case or the new Wireless Charging Case. Each case holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time. The Wireless Charging Case is compatible with any Qi wireless charger. An LED light indicator located on the front of the case shows the charge status.
What are the prices and which one to buy?
The second generation Apple AirPods with a regular case is priced at Rs 14,900 in India. There is another variant of the new Apple AirPods with a Wireless Charging Case priced at Rs 18,900. There is also the option to buy the Wireless Charging Case at Rs 7,500 separately. Note that you can buy the new Wireless Charging Case to use with the old AirPods too.
On the other hand, the first generation Apple AirPods is now available for a reduced price of Rs 12,299 on Flipkart. Some stores are even offering it for slightly less. Apple will most likely discontinue the first generation AirPods soon leaving you with the only choice of buying the new one.