Apple has just released new AirPods, but you would be hard pressed to tell because they look and even sound identical. Happily, however, there are meaningful updates on the inside.
The most significant update of all is the new H1 headphone chip. The H1 chip replaces the W1 chip found in the first-generation AirPods and it does a couple of important things. It supports the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standard, enables hands-free Siri, allows for faster connection to and switching between devices, and is more power efficient so it serves up 50% more talk-time.
Setting up the AirPods is super easy. Simply open them near an iPhone and a prompt will appear. Tap connect and that’s all there is to it. Plus, if you are connected to iCloud, the AirPods will automatically be set up on all other Apple devices associated with the iCloud account.
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