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Difference between First Generation AirPods and Second Generation AirPods 2

First Generation AirPods vs Second Generation AirPods



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Apple released the second generation of AirPods wireless headphones and will be called AirPods 2. The AirPods didn’t reach the level to which a lot of fans expected. The new version does carry more option and performance quality than the first-generation AirPods. For those who already own AirPods, some experts believe it is better to wait for AirPods 3 than spending money on the second-generation AirPods. Here is a list of differences which should give you some insight into the features of first and second-generation AirPods.

Difference between 1st Generation AirPods and 2nd Generation AirPods 2

  1. Connection quality

AirPods 1 carry a W1 chip.
AirPods 2 carries an H1 chip.

One of the major difference is in connection quality.

AirPods W1 chips allow for easy pairing between headphone and the Apple device. It also managed perfect synching between the two earphones, process the signals sent by the device, carried built-in-sensors for accelerometers and optical sensors to sense when the AirPods are connected to your ears. The sensors allow AirPods to automatically stop playing and then continue depending on when if it is connected to your ear.

The first generation AirPods had problems with not being able to connect to the smartphone immediately. There were also problems with synching between the 2 earphones. This connection problem is fixed in the second generation. The connection between AirPad and Apple device and synching problem between the earphones are fixed now.

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The H1 chip does all the jobs done by W1 chips. The H1 chip is much faster and stable compared to W1 chip. It allows the AirPods to connect to an Apple device 1.5 times faster and reduce the delay in playing music by 30%. Additionally, H1 supports Bluetooth 5 which is new and faster.

AirPods 1 supports iOS 10 or later, while AirPods 2 supports iOS 12.2 and later.

  1. Siri

The older W1 version allowed using Siri voice assistant. It was not voice-activated. You need to double-tap to get Siri activated.

The new H1 chip allowed EarPods to connect Siri without touch.  Just say “Hi Siri” to activate your digital assistant.

  1. Battery Life

AirPods 1 has a battery life of 5hr. The second generation also provides a 5 hr battery life but this is under heavy use. It might last a little longer for normal use.

Using 1st generation, you can have a talk time of 2 hrs. The 2nd generation provides almost 3hrs of talk time.

  1. Charging

The AirPods can only be charged by putting it inside the special AirPod charging case that comes with the AirPod package.

1st generation Airpods is designed to charge using the lightning charger cable.

2nd generation AirPods comes with additional support for wireless Qi. This allows AirPods charging casing to get charged using both wired and wireless connection.

  1. Appearance and weight

The design of the AirPods 2 remains the same as the first generation. The only detail that distinguishes them from the AirPods is that the charge indicator was moved to the front of the case. Whereas in old headphones it is located under the cover.

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In the 2nd generation, the charging case is heavier by 2 grams.

Apart from that, it is not easy to find the difference between 1st generation and 2nd generation. One easy way is to call out for Siri and check if it responds. Siri by voice only works in 2nd generation.

  1. Price

Both AirPods, the old and the new are priced similarly. So, it doesn’t make any sense in opting for the first generation AirPods

  • AirPods – $159
  • AirPods 2 with a regular charging case – $159
  • AirPods 2 with a wireless charging case – $199
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