AirPods 2: Everything You Need to Know

AirPods 2: Everything to Know

The original AirPods were a runaway hit. They continue to be in high demand even two years after their launch. With AirPods 2, Apple is building on the success of the original by fixing some common gripes and adding new features to it.

The highlight of the 2nd gen AirPods is Apple’s new H1 chip. Designed especially for headphones and wireless earbuds, the new H1 chip adds some new functionality to the AirPods 2 while also greatly improving its battery life.

AirPods 2 Features

Hey Siri Support

Like almost all other Apple products released over the last year or so, the AirPods 2 now also feature always-on “Hey Siri.” This means that one can trigger Siri by simply saying the hotword instead of tapping the AirPod first like on the original.

New H1 Chip

Other benefits of the new H1 chip is lower latency, ability to seamlessly switch between devices and connectivity improvements. AirPods 2 will connect faster to your iPhone or Mac and they will also be faster and less buggy when it comes to switching between your iPhone and Mac or vice versa. Apple says the 2nd gen AirPods offer 2x faster switching times, 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls, and 30 percent lower latency than before.

AirPods 2 Battery Life

Thanks to Apple’s new H1 chip, the AirPods 2 offer notable battery life improvements over their predecessor despite coming with the same battery capacity as revealed by a teardown. This is true for the AirPods 2 as well as the charging case. The 2nd gen AirPods feature a 93 milliwatt-hour batteries, while the charging case has a 398mAh battery inside it.

Compared to the original AirPods, the 2nd gen AirPods offer 50 percent more talk time. While the original AirPods offered 2 hours of talk time, AirPods 2 offers up to 3 hours of talk time. They also offer up to five hours of music playback.

With the charging case, the total run time of the AirPods 2 can be extended to provide over 24 hours of listening time or up to 18 hours of talk time.

One can also quick charge their AirPods for 15 minutes to gain an additional 3 hours of talk time.

Wireless Charging Case

For increased charging convenience, Apple has updated the charging case with the AirPods 2 to add Qi wireless charging support. This means one can charge their AirPods 2 or the charging case itself by simply putting it on a wireless charger. However, the wireless charging case is an optional upgrade and one needs to either buy it separately for $79 or pay $199 outright to buy the AirPods 2 and Qi Wireless charging case bundle.

The wireless charging case is also compatible with the original AirPods.


Like the original AirPods, the 2nd gen AirPods also lack any kind of sweat or water-resistance. This means that Apple’s warranty does not cover the AirPods against any kind of liquid damage.

The motherboard of the AirPods 2 does feature a water repellent coating but that does not mean the wireless earbuds carry a water-resistant rating. If you want truly wireless earbuds with water-resistance or sweat-resistance, you should look at the Powerbeats Pro. In many ways, it is a far more superior product when compared to the AirPods 2 but it also has a higher price tag to go along with it.

Read: Powerbeats Pro vs AirPods 2 Comparison: What’s the Difference

AirPods 2 Compatible Devices

AirPods are compatible with the following iOS devices:

  • All iPhones from the iPhone 5 and newer. AirPods are not compatible with older iPhones, such as the iPhone 4s.
  • AirPods are compatible with the iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and later, 5th-generation iPad and later, and all iPad Pro models.
  • AirPods are compatible with all Apple Watch models, starting with the original Apple Watch.
  • AirPods are compatible with the 6th-generation iPod touch.
  • AirPods are compatible with Apple TV 4K, the fourth-generation Apple TV, and they can connect to other non-Apple devices over a standard Bluetooth connection.

To use all the features of the second-generation AirPods, you need to install iOS 12.2 or later.

AirPods vs AirPods 2: What’s the Difference

More than two years after the original AirPods were launched, Apple launched the 2nd gen AirPods. Contrary to rumors, AirPods 2 only offer better battery life and latency when compared to the original AirPods. They do not offer improved sound quality, better grip, or come with new health sensors as many leaks had claimed.

Read a detailed AirPods 2 vs AirPods 1 comparison here.

AirPods 2 Price

AirPods Pricing

The AirPods 2 start at the same price as the original AirPods. This means they can be purchased for $159. However, the bundle with the wireless charging case is priced higher at $199. The $159 variant comes with a regular charging case that can be charged via its Lightning port.

On the plus side, Apple is offering free engraving on the AirPods charging case for all orders placed through its online store.

Buy Now

AirPods 2 Availability

Despite their age, AirPods are extremely popular among consumers. They are usually not available for next-day shipping on Apple’s online store, with the usual delivery timeframe being around a week from the date of order. Retail availability is a bit better, though that largely depends on what time of the year you are planning on buying the AirPods.

Should I Buy AirPods 2 Now?

Apple released AirPods 2 on March 20, 2019. Apple launched the new AirPods after 827 days, so it is very safe to buy AirPods 2 now.

AirPods Tips and Tricks

Check out some tips and tricks for the AirPods below to get the most out of the wireless earbuds.

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Deal: Costco Discounts AirPods 2 to $140; Amazon Offering Discounts on iPad Lineup

Deal: Costco Discounts AirPods 2 to $140; Amazon Offering Discounts on iPad Lineup

Missed out on Amazon’s AirPods 2 sale from earlier this month? Costco is back and offering the 2nd gen AirPods for $140. It has also discounted the 2nd gen AirPods and Qi wireless charging case bundle by $20 to $180.

How to Customize AirPods’ Double Tap Gestures

How to Customize AirPods’ Double Tap Gestures

AirPods are incredibly simple devices. You just put them in your ears and play the music. Because they are so small and so simple, there are no buttons on them. If you’re used to Bluetooth headphones with volume and playback buttons this can be a difficult thing to get used to. What AirPods does have is a double-tap gesture on the outside part of each AirPod. And here’s how you can change the AirPods double tap gesture to something other than calling up Siri.

How to Connect AirPods to Android

How to Connect AirPods to Android

AirPods are an Apple-first device. The work best with Apple ecosystem. Thanks to the W1/H1 chip inside them, they automatically connect with your iPhone as soon as you put them in your ears and they also pause playback when you remove one AirPod. But underneath Apple’s secret sauce lies Bluetooth technology. This means you can use them as standard Bluetooth headphones on any Android device. Here’s how to connect AirPods to Android.

Deal: Amazon Discounts the AirPods 2

Deal: Amazon Discounts the AirPods 2

Just about a month after the 2nd generation AirPods first went on sale, Amazon has discounted them. AirPods are usually always in high demand and they are rarely ever discounted.

Kuo: Apple to Launch Two New AirPods in Q4 2019 – Q1 2020

Kuo: Apple to Launch Two New AirPods in Q4 2019 – Q1 2020

Ming-Chi Kup is out with a new note in which he claims that Apple will be launching not one but two new AirPods at the end of 2019. One of the models will replace the existing 2nd gen AirPods and carry the same price tag as it.

Rumor: AirPods 3 to Launch in Fall 2019, Feature Noise-Cancellation

Rumor: AirPods 3 to Launch in Fall 2019, Feature Noise-Cancellation

A new supply-chain report says that Apple is working with suppliers and assemblers to launch the AirPods 3 by the end of this year. Compared to the 2nd gen AirPods, the AirPods 3 will feature noise-cancellation, something which AirPods users have been wanting for a long time now.

Fix for AirPods Battery Draining Too Quickly

Fix for AirPods Battery Draining Too Quickly

Each AirPod has a minuscule, 93 milliwatt-hour battery in its stem. Lithium-ion batteries are known to deteriorate over time. But because of the small battery size, and frequent charging with the case, this process is sped up for the AirPods. After as soon as a year and a half, the AirPods battery can deteriorate to unusable levels. But not all is lost. Before buying a new pair of AirPods 2, try these tips to fix AirPods battery drain.

Deal: AirPods 2 for $140, Apple Watch Series 3 for $199

Deal: AirPods 2 for $140, Apple Watch Series 3 for $199

Looking to buy the 2nd gen AirPods? If you are a Costco member, you can get the AirPods 2 for a slight discount. Given the popularity and demand that the AirPods usually are in, it is rare for retailers to discount them.

Microsoft Wireless ‘Surface Buds’ Reportedly on the Way to Take on Apple’s AirPods

Microsoft Wireless ‘Surface Buds’ Reportedly on the Way to Take on Apple’s AirPods

Apple’s truly wireless headphones, the AirPods, are ridiculously popular. Even outside of the Apple ecosystem. And since that’s the case, other companies can’t let that continue for much longer. One way to try and make that change is to launch a competing product. Enter Microsoft and rumored Surface Buds, which could launch in the near future.

Are the AirPods Sweat or Water-Resistant?

Are the AirPods Sweat or Water-Resistant?

The AirPods absolutely dominate the wireless Bluetooth earbuds category. But despite Apple essentially inventing the category and now leading it, the AirPods are far from perfect. Despite all the features that AirPods pack, Apple has made its water-resistance capabilities a bit of a mystery. Are the AirPods sweat- or water-resistant or not?