Published on April 24, 2019
In March of 2019, Apple introduced AirPods 2.0. Officially, they’re still just called AirPods, but in trying to differentiate the second generation from the originals, we’ll call them 2.0.
While the upgraded AirPods with a wired charging case cost the same as the originals, we'll be looking at the AirPods that come with the wireless case — an extra-cost option.
While testing AirPods 2.0, it became apparent this review would need to answer two questions.
First, are AirPods 2.0 worth getting? And second, are they worth the upgrade if you already own the original AirPods?
Before we get started, I'd recommend reading my review of the original AirPods here, since all of its features carry over to the new ones.
Reviewed by Bill Henderson
Even more seamless integration with Apple Products
Faster, more stable connection
Solid build quality
Sound quality better
Not the best audio quality
Not sweat resistant
Wireless case option adds expense
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Apple AirPods 2.0 Specifications
Weight: AirPods (each): 0.14 ounces (4 g); charging case: 1.41 ounces (40 g)
Dimensions: AirPods (each): 0.65 by 0.71 by 1.59 inches (16.5 by 18.0 by 40.5 mm)
Wireless charging case: 1.74 by 0.84 by 2.11 inches (44.3 by 21.3 by 53.5 mm)
AirPods Sensors (each): Dual beamforming microphones; dual optical sensors; motion-detecting accelerometer; speech-detecting accelerometer
Qi-compatible wireless charging case: More than 24 hours listening time; up to 18 hours talk time
AirPods (single charge): Up to five hours listening time; up to three hours talk time
15 minutes in the case equals up to three hours listening time or two hours talk time
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models with iOS 12.2 or later
Apple Watch models with watchOS 5.2 or later
Mac models with macOS 10.14.4 or later
Apple TV models with tvOS 12.2 or later
New, wireless Qi-compatible charging case
As comfortable as Apple’s original AirPods
Easier to pair with iPhone
Same, great integration with Apple devices
Audio quality slightly better than original
Lightweight and stay in ear better than expected
New, wireless Qi-compatible charging case costs an additional $40
Not comfortable over long hours of use
No noise blocking
Audio quality still not great
Out of the Box
Inside the AirPod 2.0’s box, you get the new AirPods, a wireless case (with a lightning charging port on the bottom) and a lightning charging cable.