There are EarPods, Apple wired headphones with Lightning or Jack connector, supplied when buying an iPhone or iPod touch, with its Lightning to USB cable depending on the device. And there are the AirPods, Apple’s wireless headphones. The 1re generation was released on December 13, 2016 and more than 2 years after the 2e generation arrives, March 20, 2019. Let’s see together the differences between AirPods 1 and AirPods 2.
The end of AirPods 1
As of the release of the 2nd generation, the AirPods ceased to be marketed by Apple. The similarities both in price and in form are certainly the cause.
While the AirPods 1 have an Apple W1 processor and Bluetooth 4.2, the AirPods have an Apple H1 processor and Bluetooth 5.0.
Performance has therefore improved. Connections became faster and latency decreased. The famous “Say Siri” has arrived. It is no longer necessary to have your hands free and to tap to trigger Siri: the voice is enough.
The AirPods have also gained nearly 50% of autonomy, i.e. 3 hours of conversations and 5 hours of listening. The case also charges faster since it has quick charge. In 15 min you gain 2 hours of conversation or 3 hours of listening.
Thus, the big differences in performance are mainly the gain in speed, autonomy and the “Say Siri” available on AirPods 2.
There are 2 new cases: one that recharges with a Lightning cable and one wireless.
The wired charging box looks in all respects to the 1st generation box.
The difference is in this new wireless box which has an LED indicator on the front.
With either case, your docking stations for the AirPods 1 do not need to be changed.
Like the AirPods 1, the AirPods 2 connect via Bluetooth. So they can connect to any device with this technology, even non-Apple devices. However, to be able to take full advantage of all the features of these new AirPods you will need to have Apple devices with at least:
- iOS 12.2;
- watchOS 5.2;
- macOS 10.14.4;
- tvOS 12.2.
The price of AirPods 2
The new AirPods 2 are at the same basic price as the 1st generation, i.e. € 179. If you prefer to buy them with the wireless charging box, the amount rises to € 229. However, the wireless charging box can be purchased alone for € 89 and it is compatible with AirPods 1. Enough to have the impression of having new AirPods. It should be noted that the wireless charging box can also be charged using a Lightning cable.