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Compare the Apple AirPods 1 to the AirPods 2

Apple updated their earbuds with the AirPods 2. At first glance, the AirPods look very much like their predecessor, but there are a few differences. In this article, I explain the similarities and differences.

Apple AirPods 2 with wireless charging case

Earbuds | 5-hour battery life | Wireless charging (Qi)
Retail price 188,- 172,99
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  • Issues with cables are a thing of the past, thanks to wireless charging.
  • Ask digital assistant Siri for help by saying "Hey Siri".
  • Thanks to the Apple H1 chip, the connection to your device is more stable and you can switch between devices faster.
  • The earbuds work with Android devices, but can't support all functions such as Siri and Proximity Connect.
  • A wireless charger isn't included.

Compare the Apple AirPods 1 to the Apple AirPods 2

Apple AirPods 1 Apple AirPods 2
Wireless charging case No Optional
Chip W1 chip H1 chip
Battery life 5 hours 5 hours
Talk time 2 hours 3 hours
Hey Siri No Yes

Old versus new

AirPods (2016)

Apple AirPods 1: up to 24 hours of music

I can easily connect the extremely popular Apple AirPods to my iPhone by removing them from their box. In addition, the AirPods notice when I wear only one earbud or wear them both at the same time. This way, my music is not unnecessarily sent through 2 earphones while I only have one in. My AirPods last 5 hours on one battery charge. The AirPods can also be charged in the case, so I can enjoy my music for up to 24 hours on the road. Unfortunately, saying "Hey Siri" to activate voice control doesn't work on the first generation AirPods.

AirPods (2019)

Apple AirPods 2: Siri works with voice commands

In terms of their appearance, the two generations of AirPods are the same. Yet, there are differences. Thanks to the H1 chip, for example, I can use "Hey Siri". This means I can ask Siri to turn the volume up or down when I'm on my bike. This way, I can keep my hands free and still have control over my music. In addition, AirPods are now available with a rechargeable case. Since I already have a wireless charger for my iPhone, this is a nice new upgrade for me. This case is also available separately and also works with the previous AirPods. Finally, the talk time has improved: I can now call one hour longer on one battery charge.

H1 chip

Apple Airpods H1 chip

The H1 chip ensures that I no longer have to tap twice to activate Siri. Siri now listens to my voice when I say "Hey Siri". This way, I can always keep my hands free. The H1 chip also ensures an improved battery life during telephone calls. I can now call up to one hour longer on one battery charge.

Wireless charging case

Charge Apple Airpods wirelessly

When I purchase a new set of Apple AirPods, I can choose from the version with or without a wireless charging case. I already have a wireless charger for my iPhone, so a wireless charging case comes in very handy for me. This way, I no longer have to fuss with any plugs in the evening. If I have the older set of AirPods, I have to purchase the wireless charging case separately.


Whether or not the improvements of the Apple AirPods are worth an upgrade is something that everyone must decide for themselves. For me, the "Hey Siri" feature is something I've been looking forward to and I use this very often. The rechargeable case is also a nice addition. This case is also available separately and works with the previous generation of AirPods.

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