APPLE SURPRISES WITH NEW AIRPODS

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by Marc Rushton

21st March, 2019

APPLE SURPRISES WITH NEW AIRPODS

Talk of Apple's new AirPods for 2019 has been rife for some time now, but this morning's announcement ahead of next week's media event has taken all by surprise, but on paper also delivers in spades.

Apple's AirPods pioneered the true wireless earbud market and has since been copied over and over by competitors, but now in its second generation the 'pods are “more magical than ever”.

With one-tap setup, the AirPods are automatically on and always connected.  

Apple tells the story:

Using them is just as easy. They sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out. And the AirPods experience is just as amazing whether you’re using them with your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac.

With an industry-leading listening time of five hours from one charge and up to three hours of talk time, simply drop them back into the charging case for a top up, claimed to allow up to 24 hours of listening time. Apple says a 15-minute charge is good for up to three hours listening time, and up to 50% more talk time than the previous model.

The new AirPods feature Apple's newly-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones which Apple says “delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free.

AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” making it easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions simply by saying, “Hey Siri.” 

The new release brings choice for consumers. In addition to the standard charging case, a new Wireless Charging Case is said to hold additional charge capacity for up to 24 hours listening time. It also offers the freedom of wireless charging with Qi-compatible charging solutions. An LED light indicator located on the front of the case indicates the charge status with just a glance. 

Quite amazing also is that customers can add personal engraving to the AirPods for free at the time of purchase online.

The good news is existing AirPods customers can purchase the standalone Wireless Charging Case for $129 RRP. 

2019 Apple AirPods will be available online for ordering today. With a standard charging case they will sell for $249 RRP, or with the Wireless Charging Case, they will be $319 RRP. 

For more information visit Apple.

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StereoNET’s Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.

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