Apple recently announced the second-generation of its supremely popular AirPods.
Now with more talk time and a new wireless charging case, Apple claim AirPods deliver an unparalleled wireless headphone experience.
After a simple one-tap setup, AirPods are automatically on and always connected. Using them is just as easy. They sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out.
“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”
Powered by the all-new Apple H1 headphone chip, AirPods deliver a faster and more stable wireless connection to your devices – up to 2x faster when switching between active devices, and a 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls. The H1 chip also delivers up to 30 percent lower gaming latency.
Optical sensors and motion accelerometers work together to automatically control the audio experience, engaging the microphones for phone calls, and enabling AirPods to play sound as soon as they’re in your ears.
AirPods deliver 5 hours of listening time – and up to 3 hours of talk time while a charging case holds multiple charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.
AirPods with standard charging case will be available for $159 while AirPods with Wireless Charging Case will be available for $199.
Also in their keynote address, Apple announced Apple TV+, a new original video subscription service, will feature a brand new slate of programming from the world’s most celebrated creative artists, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more.
On the Apple TV app, subscribers can enjoy inspiring and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters from all walks of life, ad-free and on demand.
“We’re honored that the absolute best lineup of storytellers in the world – both in front of and behind the camera – are coming to Apple TV+,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to give viewers a sneak peek of Apple TV+ and cannot wait for them to tune in starting this fall. Apple TV+ will be home to some of the highest quality original storytelling that TV and movie lovers have seen yet.”
Beginning in May, customers can subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them in the Apple TV app, with no additional apps, accounts or passwords required. Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.
Pricing and availability for the Apple TV+ video subscription service will be announced at a later date.