Apple launches new second-generation AirPods 2 and now available from the company’s website and Amazon, for $159 for with Charging Case, and $199 with Wireless charging case.
This new AirPods 2 looks similar to the previous generation AirPods model but with the improvement under the hood. It now comes with H1 chip for improved pairing speed and always on “Hey Siri”, connect times, more talk time, 2x faster switching between active devices, 30 percent lower gaming latency, 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls and more.
For the first time, the new AirPods 2 also comes with a wireless charging case that can be charged wirelessly with any wireless charger. As for the price, it costs the same as the previous generation AirPods that does not include the wireless charging case but if you want the wireless charging case then you need to add $40 more.
Also if you would like to add a wireless charging case to your old AirPods, you can buy it separately for $79.
So would it be better to buy new AirPods?
There’s something new in AirPods 2 except its design. If you don’t care about the design but want to experience the wireless charging feature, Hey Siri then you can upgrade it. But Apple this time offers a separate wireless charging case for $79 and by which you can make similar as new AirPods 2 excluding the built-in feature. Or if you are buying a new AirPods for the first time then you can go for the newer one.
I think many of us might be in confusion about whether to upgrade the new one or not. No worries, we will discuss the differences between the first and second generation AirPods so that you can decide for the best.
Should I upgrade to AirPods 2?
As we know with the release of new AirPods 2, most of us are disappointed with the modest improvements so upgrading to AirPods 2 doesn’t make you feel happy. If you already own the 1st generation AirPods, there’s really no reason to upgrade to the 2nd generation AirPods except some improvements and features.
So because of this, we shall go for many AirPods alternative that is available in the market. Samsung and other companies now offer true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are more superior to the AirPods in many cases.
Here are some alternatives:
Samsung Galaxy Buds $130
Samsung Gear IconX (2018 Edition) $175
LETSCOM True Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headphones $40
Let’s have some comparison between AirPods 1 and AirPods 2.
|Feature||AirPods 1||AirPods 2|
|Siri||Double tap to invoke Siri||Always -on Hey Siri, no double tap on AirPods|
|Wireless Charging Case||NO||YES|
|Charging Indicator||Inside Case||Outside Case|
|Software||iOS 10 or later||iOS 12.2 or later|
|WatchOS 3 or later||WatchOS 5.2 or later|
|macOS Sierra or later||macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later|
|Battery Life||24-hour all-day battery life with charging case||Same|
|5 Hrs of listening time on a single charge||Same|
|15 minutes of charging provides up to 3 hours of listening time||Same|
|Audio Performance||Good Quality||Super Quality better than AirPods 1|
|2 hrs talk time||3 hrs talk time|
|Price||$159 with Charging Case only||$199 with Wireless Charging case|
|$79 for Separate Charging case|
Are you going to upgrade your AirPods? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!