Apple AirPods vs Apple AirPods 2 Review: What’s changed, is it worth it?

Should you splurge money on the latest set of white audio rockers by Apple?


When Apple initially launched the AirPods two years ago no one would have thought that these products would become the global phenomenon that they have become now. From being almost ubiquitous in mass media and popular culture to being seen on almost everyone travelling in a subway, the AirPods surely have reached a critical point in their life cycle. Read on for our Apple AirPods vs Apple AirPods 2 review!

So it was pretty easy to understand that Apple somehow had to improve everything that was not good about these products. The second generation Airpods do manage to fix some of the initial shortcomings but they don’t actually stand out as much of an upgrade.

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So let’s do a brief rundown of all that’s changed in AirPods 2.0 and as someone who already owns a pair of the first gen-AirPods is it worth it to buy the 2.0?

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Apple AirPods vs AirPods 2 review: Product changes.

The new AirPods come with an improved H1 chip which replaces the W1 chip and improves the latency as well as the connection times. Apple had stated and we too found that the new Airpods connect faster and there’s minimal lag right now. The seamless switching between Apple products was that which made the first Airpods a success and Apple has somehow improved upon the same. Switching between devices is faster now and connecting to Apple devices is also faster than before.

The sound quality of the second generation Airpods has also improved significantly. Though there’s no design change which would facilitate deeper in-ear design or better noise isolation still the sound quality has improved by a significant margin.

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There’s a new “Hey Siri” feature which allows people to activate the Apple voice assistant without using their hands. The generation 2 supports Bluetooth 5.0 and the battery life has also been improved from before. The new AirPods run up to 3.5-4.5 hours depending upon your volume level which is a significant bump compared to 2 hours before.

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Another major difference is the new wireless charging case. The previous generation AirPods can also be used with the wireless charging case and they can be bought separately too.

Visually there aren’t any differences between both the generations but the core product has definitely changed a lot. The LED light placement is the main change as on the wireless case it’s outside while on the first gen the LED light is on the inside.

There are no new colours as was expected from the rumours and no health tracking features too. But considering the fact that the price hasn’t been hiked too much, it’s still a good upgrade from the previous version.

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Users who opt for the newer AirPods without the wireless charging case also get to save a little more money as the prices for the normal case are quite cheaper.

Apple Airpods vs Apple AirPods 2 Review: The pricing.

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But as an owner of the previous generation of AirPods, I would advise against the upgrade until and unless it’s absolutely necessary.

First-time buyers have something to be genuinely excited about as the newer AirPods are definitely a worthy upgrade over an already great product!

Do let us know what you guys think in the comments section below!

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Written by Aditya Nath Jha

Aditya Nath Jha is an Engineer from New Delhi, India. His areas of interest include Gadgets, WordPress, speed optimization & latest technology.
When he is not busy blogging he loves to write poetry, compose his own songs and has a taste for music! Find me on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Linked in.
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