After being released one week ago, the second generation Apple AirPods are now available at your local Apple Store. Most stores here in the United States are showing them to be available for pick-up or purchase if you are in the store. To this point, the next-gen AirPods have only been available online through the Apple Store.
The second generation AirPods have the new H1 chip which brings significantly longer battery life to the earbuds as well as improved switching between devices. Apple states that switching between devices is now twice as fast as the first generation AirPods while battery life has improved some 50% over the first generation. “Hey, Siri” is now available as well, providing you hands-free access to Apple’s assistant without having to touch them or your iPhone. Of course, wireless charging through the new wireless charging case is one of the biggest features.
The updated AirPods are available now in the Apple Store. They are $199 with the wireless charging case. If you want them without the wireless charging case, they are the same $159 as the current AirPods. If you are already an AirPods, owner, you can pick up the wireless charging case for $79.