Recently Apple has just released their Second-Generation Wireless Charging AirPods. Different from the original AirPods, the new AirPods now support hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality. This allows users to change volume and swap songs without the need to pull out your device. The new model features Apples new H1 chip which replaces the outdated W1 chip. This improvement allows you to connect to your device two times faster than before. The H1 one chip will also allow you easily switch between iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Macs.
While all these features sound cool, the new big addition is the Wireless Charging Case that is included. The case allows you to enable Qi-based wireless charging so that you no longer need to plug in your AirPods to replenish their battery.
The update includes no design changes and no additional color options, but the new case will offer an additional 24 hours of battery life and will increase talk time by 1 hour.
While the improvements may look enticing, Apple excluded many features that were rumored to have been in design such as new colors, noise cancelation, customizable gestures, improved sound quality and better battery pod battery life. This is why many people cannot justify paying the retail price of $199 just to upgrade. Apple still offers the AirPods with the standard charging case for $159 and will allow you to purchase the Wireless case separately for $79.
This seems like a very typical move for Apple. They often will push users to pay a premium price for a not so premium upgrade. We saw this with countless iPhone and iPad models. Many Apple fanatics refuse to call this a “second-generation” device because there is just so much more that they could have improved. This begs the question: Is it worth the price to upgrade to the AirPods 1.5?