The interested customers can order the new AirPods starting from $159 that goes up to $199, which gets Qi-based wireless charging case. As for the stand-alone wireless charging case which still supports the original AirPods, it can be purchased for RM 439.
The AirPods will come with either the standard case or the new wireless charging case. In the United States, these new AirPods can be purchased online starting today.
The new AirPods run on the Apple-designed H1 chip. "They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio", said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
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According to Apple, the H1 chip gives the new AirPods up to 50 percent more talk time compared to first generation AirPods. Furthermore, the new wireless headset supports hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality enabling users to make phone calls, ask for directions, or simply change songs without touching anything.
The other notable improvement in the second-generation AirPods is in the battery life and charging departments.
If you prefer to have the wireless charging case instead, it would then cost RM 879. Similar to the buds themselves, the wireless charging case looks identical to the previous AirPod charging case, but it has an LED indicator to show its charge level.
Thankfully, that is not the case, as the 2nd generation AirPods are still $159, though the Wireless Charging Case is $79 as a standalone extra. The original AirPods offered 5 hours of use, with a total 24 hours of battery life when taking into consideration their charging case, for comparison.