Hands-On With Apple's New Second-Generation AirPods

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  1. Kabeyun macrumors 68020


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    I have the same question. Since an Apple TV 4K and the new AirPods appear to have Bluetooth 5.0, shouldn’t we be able to stream from the Apple TV to two separate pairs of new AirPods?
    I don’t understand this statement. It’s a question of hardware support, right? To stream to multiple devices, both ends need to have Bluetooth 5.0 for it to work.
  2. jhill-evans macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2015
    I lost an Airpod for 4 weeks so I waited and ordered the new ones - 10 minuets before the DPD guy arrived today I found my missing one!

    I could justify the new set before but now I think I’ll need to send them back! :( least it’s money left in the bank!
  3. minivini macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2011
    I lost my AirPods at work last week, and I’m only upset because of the cost. I think the sound quality is actually a little worse than the freebie wired ones. My wireless Beats are worlds better (and not very good, at that) and I’m fortunate enough to have a few very high quality iems and a pair of nice Sennheisers I use with an amp. The Beats are my lawn mowing, sweaty buds. I guess they’ll stay in that role.
  4. jimthing, Mar 26, 2019
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    jimthing macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2011
    London, UK (Europe, Earth, Space)
    You have to update to the very latest OS released today (both iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS) to see improvements.
  5. warp9 macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2017
    That's because it would come with a wiping subscription.
  6. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    I ordered my wireless charging AirPods the day after ordering opened. Originally was told Apr 2-5 delivery, but mine are arriving tomorrow.
  7. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    One of the bests posts I seen in a while on here lol
  8. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    Question. If you have your airpods synced to your ipad and are listening to music...can you then have a mic hooked up to your ipad at the same time recording external audio?
  9. jealousguy86 macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    Got the airpods but they didn't connect to Siri. How do I do this.
  10. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    I'm an audio producer for years, I use Beyer Dynamics DT 880's which are high quality studio monitoring headphones for ages connected to extremely high quality converters. I'm also owner of the RHA T20i that I used to use, I also own AirPods since they came out (first generation ) and they sound good. I use them everyday. Your point?
  11. abrantes09 macrumors member


    Feb 6, 2019
    Thats actually pretty good for an Apple product. If I need anything Apple, in-store is the way to go.
  12. RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I walked into my local Apple store in San JOse,Ca. They had plenty AirPods available both with and without the charging case. I made a spur of the moment purchase even though my gen 1 AirPods are working great. I was surprised at the availability. I had to wait for months to see the gen 1 available in stores.
  13. eagleglen macrumors 65816


    Oct 2, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I believe what you are saying about sound quality, but they are supposed to be faster. Do you have any proof to indicate otherwise or else you sound just as irrational.
  14. AngryChim macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2013
    So now be aware of buying a used 2nd AirPods, people might swap out a 2nd and sell a 1st as a 2nd and none of us can tell the differences.
  15. MacClueless macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2006
    The sound quality is fine for what they’re for... they’re not meant for critical listening.
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    Got mine today! I stupidly gave my last AirPods to a friend last year when I thought the release of the new model was imminent. I had to wait six months!

    I don’t really notice any difference yet. I got the wireless charging case because why not. Kind of regret not going the Colorware route.
  16. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    I agree with you, but don’t you agree that at $200 Apple should be willing to pay at least a little more attention to sound quality? They’re very convenient, but so was the 1st generation. I think they could’ve done a lot better than that in 2.5 years than coming up with a $200 version that solves a problem that didn’t exist (connection times) and did not improve the no. 1 issue (sound).

    I really want AirPods but I’ve tried them and the sound is heinous. And believe it or not but sound is a priority for me regarding audio products. Here’s hoping Beats will release an in-ear version soon.
  17. AmpSkillz macrumors regular


    May 30, 2010
    I'm everywhere & you're never there
    careful... some of the geniuses who bought Bose or whatever instead will start to realize why they should have bought Airpods
  18. Stefanojo, Mar 26, 2019
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    Stefanojo macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2016
    My LTE watch is on 5.1.3 and the new AirPods played my music just fine on a bicycle ride without my iPhone. HOWEVER, the “hey Siri” function did not work while I was on LTE. It works ok when my phone is near by. Haven’t seen anyone else writing about this yet.
  19. Johnny907 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2014
    Yeah my experience with the set of Version 2's I just picked up was more like Version 1's. I tried resetting my iPhone, opening and closing the Airpod case, plugging it into the charger etc. Finally got them to connect within the Bluetooth menu.
    I have yet to put them through their paces but as far I'm not impressed with the new H1 chip.
  20. yoheywut macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2015
    Its because the watch needs the 5.2 update to enable Hey Siri when AirPods are paired to it.
  21. Stefanojo macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2016
    Thanks! I missed that. Seems odd they haven’t released 5.2, given all the other updates...or did I miss that too?
  22. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    Perhaps for you, if you even use them, they are crap, but if you talk to most people who own them they'll tell you they are pretty great.

    Yes, the sound quality could be better, but it's good enough. That doesn't mean the sound quality is good enough for people who really care about sound quality, but for most people I can't imagine it being a deal breaker.
    The real benefits of the AirPods come in their incredible convenience.

    Best headphones I've ever own for that very reason.
  23. eagleglen macrumors 65816


    Oct 2, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    For me, when I’m out and about, these things are awesome. I actually prefer that they are not in-ear for sound isolation so I can still hear the world around me. And the fact that I can recharge them simply by reinserting them into their case for up to 24 hours of listening time, I’m confident the battery will not run out on me. They fit easily into my pocket when I’m not using them. I can make private phone calls when I need to, and I also find Hey Siri handy. So yes, the sound quality is not superior and could be made better, but for what these were designed to do, they are excellent. When i’m out jogging or crossing a downtown street, I don’t need any the sound to be any better. If i’m sitting at home, in my quiet livingroom, I put on a pair of quality over-the-ear headphones.
  24. alexhardaker macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    I got mine on the morning they were scheduled to arrive, along with my watch strap. I first tried them as I was walking to the train station. My left ear fits one absolutely fine, but my right doesn’t. The right gets loose, and feels like it’s gonna fall out, so I have to keep pushing it back in. It’s a shame really. I tested them in bed to see if I could eventually get it to fall out, and it did :(

    Apple solved the most annoying thing about Bluetooth headphones for me. The auto connect feature is great!

    I guess I’ll have to either deal with that right AirPod, or buy an accessory off Amazon to keep it in my ear. I don’t know where to start though, I don’t wanna buy something crap. I also want it to stay on in the case too. Constantly adding and removing it will get tedious. Any one know of any decent grips or ear loops (etc) that stay on in the case? I’m from the UK btw.
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    watchOS 5.2 isn’t out for me?
  25. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    Mine come tomorrow. However I already have the first gen pair so I’m not expecting much difference apart from being able to use them for my entire commute (2 hours) without them dying in the last few minutes.

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