Have you seen all these people walking around with small, white, cordless earbuds in their ears? What you’re looking at are the Apple AirPods, a revolutionary product from Apple that made its debut in December of 2016.

The Apple AirPods are just like the Apple EarPods, but without the cord. There are also some other nifty features of the AirPods that make them way better than the EarPods, which is especially the case with the AirPods 2, the second generation of AirPods.

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So, what are you getting when you buy a pair of the new Apple AirPods 2? First of all, don’t expect any radical design changes. In fact, the size and styling of the AirPods 2 are nearly identical to that of the original AirPods. In this case, it’s what’s on the inside that matters.

Apple did a few key things to make the original AirPods so much better. They include:

  • A brand spankin’ new processing chip. The first AirPods used what was called the ‘W1 chip’ for connectivity and overall device functionality. With the new ‘H1 chip’ that is now part of the AirPods 2, the talk time is increased and connectivity is improved.
  • The introduction of a wireless charging case. If you wanted to charge your original AirPods, you could just put them into their charging case. But, that case needed to be connected via a USB cable in order to charge it. With the new AirPods 2, you can go for the wireless version of the same charging case, eliminating the need for cables entirely. Pretty cool!
  • Better functionality, including a hands-free, ‘Hey Siri’ feature. The new AirPods 2 from Apple give the listener true freedom with their voice, allowing for Hey Siri commands without any button-pressing or other gestures required. Hey Siri commands can be used to flip through songs, start and stop music, and more.

Now, use both AirPods at once, or just one at a time. For those times when you’d like to connect to your device via bluetooth headset but you don’t want the full, stereo experience, the new Apple AirPods 2 work beautifully. Now, you can have one AirPod in one ear, and the other ear can still pick up on atmosphere sound. Neat!

Without a doubt, Apple is continuing to make waves in the personal electronics industry. Is it any wonder? The company that got their start with the Apple IIe personal computer is now the go-to brand for many who want their music and device connectivity with them at all times.

Be wary, though – at $199 for the model with the wireless charging case, the new AirPods 2 from Apple aren’t exactly cheap!