Apple Announces Second Generation of AirPods With Wireless Charging

And a longer battery life
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Apple has announced and revealed its second generation of AirPods. 

The biggest difference between these and the first generation will be the optional Qi-compatible wireless charging case, a standard non-wireless charging case is also available as an option. A new Apple-designed H1 chip, designed for headphones, will allow for faster connections (2x faster switching between active devices and 1.5x faster for phone calls), hands-free "Hey Siri" function and 30% lower gaming latency.

Apple is promising "more than 24 hours of total listening time" with a single charge and "up to three hours of listening time" with just a 15-minute charge. One full charge will get you five hours of listening time. As always, the device will pair easily with other Apple products via Bluetooth.

Pricing is as follows: $199 for the new wireless charging case and AirPods and $159 for the regular non-wireless charging version. If you want to upgrade your current generation case to a wireless case, it'll cost $79. For new purchases, there will be free engraving offered. You can order now on apple.com.