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

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  1. GoodWheaties macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    Does anyone know if there is any way to check if used AirPods are version 1 or 2 without checking for Hey Siri? Just wondering for future reference.
  2. Pat The Cat macrumors newbie

    Pat The Cat

    Mar 27, 2019
  3. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2014
    DFW, Texas
    Opinion is one thing, all the adjectives they add are what gets me.
  4. FlyGuyDEN macrumors regular


    May 20, 2014
    Denver, CO
    I just picked up my 2nd Gen AirPods and they do sound fantastic. Now I just need to compare to my originals (the firmware hasn't jumped yet from the older one to the 6. release) to see if its noticeable.
  5. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I don't know if it's just in my head or what but the new gen 2's sound a lil "punchier"? Maybe because of the newer battery? Dunno...but I'll take it!
  6. legacyb4 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    What make/model is that charging pad in the video?
  7. patent10021 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2004
    No colors is a total fail. Should be matte black plus at least one other color like product red.
  8. iamasmith macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2015
    Cheshire, UK
    Just wondering, can folks hijack 'Hey Sir'i if they shout it near you?
  9. JTBing macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2015
    Facepalm. No, that means it's faster every time you switch from one device to another.
    You know this how? Oh right, you don't.
  10. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    don't you facepalm me - i'm going by what is in the video.
  11. FireFish macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2007
    They're so identical (aside from the wireless charging capabilities) that I'm seriously tempted to go & return them back to the Apple store.
    ... and while doing that, I wonder what might happen if I accidentally put my old AirPods case back into the box. Do you really think that the Apple store reps will know? I'm such a sheister; and Tim Cook, if you're reading this, I was kidding. Don't worry; I'm paying maximum dollars as a class 10 apple adict clinger.
  12. DoctorTim macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    I just received my gen 2 AirPods. There is a very noticeable difference in sound. They are much more bass (or low mid) heavy. I did multiple direct A/B comparisons between Jazz (Bryan Ferry’s rendition of The Way You Look Tonight) and metal (Megadeth’s Holy Wars). On Megadeth the low mids are overwhelming. The gen1 sound thinner, and while not audiophile quality, it’s more musical with a more forward presentation.

    Maybe the Gen2 will sound better in a noisy environment. I kind of expect the opposite though. It will certainly depend on the genre.

    My $.02

    On reflection, most people prefer bass over any other quality so they will probably be well received.
  13. dj8154, Mar 27, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2019

    dj8154 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2017
    I am a sound engineer and there is a good sound and a bad sound. We don't compared sound quality from product using different technology. Now you are comparing a wireless bluetooth ear-phone to an wired headphone. That is not a subjective comparison. That is an ignorance.

    Considering the size of the device and also the fact that it is not in-ear style, AirPods have great sound. Second generation sounds better than first one not because the drivers got better but because it uses the faster bluetooth technology. Therefore AirPods can wirelessly deliver wider frequencies now and that is why people with good ear, can definitely feel that deeper and wider range of the sound being transmitted especially in low frequencies.

    It is also actually much faster than the first generation if you compare side by side and based on your nonsense comparison and the tone of your words towards people who already using them, I can easily assume that you have never owned an AirPods before.

    People don't need to justify why they spent $200 on a product that has the highest customer satisfaction rate of all of Apple products. They buy 'a piece of crap product' because it sounds great and it is really convenient to use it in many ways.

    I am sorry to say but you just made yourself look not only unknowledgeable about the sound at all and like one of those bunch haters who leaves such a comment like this because you cannot afford to buy one.

    I just picked up second generation AirPods yesterday and I was impressed by minor changes which did not turn out to be minor and I shared with my colleagues at my recording studio and we all appreciated on better sound.

    Thank you for letting us know that I just picked up 'a piece of crap' and me and my colleagues at work actually spent time discussing about it during our work time, and I hope you just keep using an actual quality headphone that you might or might not have.
  14. manhattanmania macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2007
    I’m no sound engineer but I too find the sound quality to be better on the second gen. And it is not earwax or battery of the old one. I literally just bought original AirPods a few weeks ago bc I lost my headphones. Got the 2nd gen and there is a noticeable difference in the sound quality. More detail/fuller/better lows & bass.
  15. DoctorTim macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    I actually find the added bass masks detail in loud tracks with a lot of low frequencies. Maybe it’s there, but it’s hard to discern.
  16. WoodpeckerBaby macrumors 6502


    Aug 17, 2016
    From an Electrical Engineer who is also an Econometrician.
  17. dj8154 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2017
    It is hard to notice because the original source is compressed file anyway, unless you are streaming lossless. From my experience first generation AirPods were having hard time transmitting lossless music file without having a frequent sound disconnection or a significant quality drop on sound especially when the iPhone is paired with Apple Watch at the same time, which also uses bluetooth. I have not yet had a time to play lossless long enough to share my experience on 2nd generation, hope it can do the job well this time.
  18. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2006
    I'm curious as to how someone working at Apple would know.
  19. clauzzz203 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2012
    Shaved an actual second, once per year. But hey, we can fill the marketing slide with something /s
  20. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    As the article states, switching from one device to another is also faster, which has nothing to do with pairing (which is also faster but it’s no big deal since it’s rarely used). Dan didn’t mention the faster device switching in the video, though, he only talked about the faster pairing.
  21. tomszr2 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2010
    Farmington Hills, MI
    Anybody know if the new AirPods have solved the problems with the left double tab not working and needing to forget and reset them or place in charge pack? Apple store employee told me the sensor must have been dirty yet swapped them for a brand new set a while ago. The double tap on the left bud stopped working on the way home from the store. I have this problem at least twice a day. I love my pods functionality, just hoping it has been fixed. Or the random disconnects?
  22. willnpc macrumors member


    May 24, 2015
    Panama City
    wow...apple has done it again...disappointed us again that is
  23. Tonewheel macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2007
    And still, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing these things in public.
  24. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I must say that I am starting to love the always on hey Siri feature. Walking around, being able dictate commands without having to double-tap my AirPods or take out my phone is starting to seem pretty handy...
  25. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2016
    I must be wired differently cause I still can't talk to an electronic gadget/object. I have yet to say "hey Siri or OK Google". But i'm glad you're happy and digging your earbuds.

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