Finally. Apple's announced the long-awaited 2nd generation AirPods, its completely wireless headphones.
Simply referred to as "new AirPods," this second-gen model features faster performance, hands-free Siri, longer talk time and a wireless charging case.
Available to order today, the new AirPods start at $159, and move up to $199 if you want to get them with a Qi-based wireless charging case. Existing AirPods owners can upgrade their case, as Apple's selling this new case on its own for $79.
The new Wireless charging case features an LED light indicator that shows charging status while you're refueling the case, so you know the wireless connection is working properly. Formerly, said LED was on the inside of the case, so now you won't need to flick the lid open to check.
If you're buying the new AirPods with the non-wireless charging case, it appears you'll get a charging case that's nearly identical to the previous one (the light may or not may be there), as Apple's press release refers to it as "the standard charging case."
That wireless charging case will likely support Apple's delayed AirPower Qi-based charging mat, which is due any day now.
Many of these gains come from Apple's new H1 chip, which Apple says is "developed specifically for headphones," for speedier connections when switching between your devices, 50 percent more talk time and for summoning Siri by saying "Hey Siri."