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

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  1. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    I think I’m going to love the always on feature. Mine arrived this morning and I’ve used it a lot already.

    Decided to upgrade to the series 4 Apple Watch now that ECG feature is available in my country. Just heading to the Appel store now but I want to know if u can use my AirPods to get TV shows to play on my Apple TV. Going to test it out when I get home.
     
  2. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

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    Do they have different model numbers? Another way to find out is via the serial number, that should tell an Apple employee which is which.
     
  3. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    I’m a bit obsessed with it now lol

    I have my two HomePods, 2 echos and 2 google home minis and of course hey Siri on my Apple Watch. I talk to them all everyday. It’s just so convenient.
     
  4. Abazigal macrumors G4

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    Well, I am still using my Series 2, and determined to hold out until the next refresh later this year. It's a little slow, but still does what I need it to do well enough (Apple Pay, notifications, Siri watch face, activity tracking, Siri on the wrist for quick actions). Made a little easier by the fact that ECG still isn't available in my country...

    The first few times I tried it, I admit to being quite self-conscious as well. Now, it feels like second nature, and my friends and colleagues and used to me using Siri openly in their presence (it never gets old imitating a phone call or dictating a message in front of them).

    Same with using the AirPods initially. Do it enough times, and the awkward stage just passes.
     
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Those who are financially illiterate.
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    Seems that pairing them to a phone and looking at the Airpods part of the About page would give a quick indication. As I don't own v2 airpods I can't say what the model # is but would expect it'd be different, and of course the serial number would serve to identify the version.


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  6. JTBing macrumors regular

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    Who works for Apple? Because otherwise, he still had no way of knowing that.
     
  7. alexandr macrumors 6502a

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    i guess we don't value time enough.
     
  8. JeremiahEllen macrumors newbie

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    Whenever I see those decals of Calvin pissing on a Chevy or a Ford logo or whatever I'm like "your personality is really centered around hating a certain brand? Really?"
     
  9. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

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    Or maybe don’t realize Apple improved both the pairing process and the time it takes to switch between devices. They are completely different, but the video only talked about the faster pairing.

    Reducing the length of an annoying/inconvenient lag when switching devices is a good thing. Hardly earth shattering or worth upgrading for that feature alone, but it’s a welcome improvement. There are a number of improvements to AirPods 1, this is just one of them. And there was no price increase, which is nice.
     
  10. alexandr macrumors 6502a

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    clearly. perhaps the video should've focused on an improvement which we'll be benefiting from every day(time it takes to switch) rather than what it highlighted. just saying.
     
  11. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

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    Agreed, it would have been nice to mention the faster switching and perhaps even demonstrate the improvement.
     
  12. alexandr macrumors 6502a

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    right, i'd like to see that, as opposed to the pairing, which i cannot even remember doing. :)
     
  13. dj8154, Mar 28, 2019
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    dj8154 macrumors newbie

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    I have just accidentally discovered that on my new second generation AirPods left and right earbuds, serial numbers are engraved together with model number and its so tiny that I had to use magnifier on my iPhone to read the letters and numbers.

    It turned out that each has different serial number so now there are total three different serial numbers engraved including the one on the charging case.

    First generation only had one on the charging case so without even pairing with the phone you know it's the new one or not so guys, make sure to check if there are little things written or not when you ever get to buy an opened boxed one from a stranger.

    SORRY, SCAMMERS OUT THERE!!


     
  14. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I returned my V2 with wireless charging case for just the normal case. The guy just checked there were a pair of airpods in there. There must be a way they can tell.
     
  15. skys15 macrumors member

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    My testing shows the range isn’t any better, sadly. WTF Tim Cook! Higher priced BS for very minor upgrades. Low blow!
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    I was expecting quite the range upgrade...not so in my extensive testing. It’s exactly the same as original AirPods. Yet they’re more expensive for such minimal improvement? What the hell is going on over there at Apple?
     
  16. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

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    Apple mentioned a number of upgraded features, but I didn’t see anything at all about better range. Also, there was no price increase, they are still $159. Better features at the same price is not a bad deal.
     
  17. Shanghaichica, Mar 28, 2019
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    Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    I think people expected it to have better range because they are Bluetooth 5.0.

    If you opt for the wireless charging case then they cost $199. Some expected the wireless charging case to be the standard edition and cost €159 as the originals did.
     
  18. HeadphoneAddict macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I was disappointed to see the EverythingApplePro review where the range was the same, although it was still pretty impressive outdoors with direct line of sight.
     
  19. iamasmith macrumors 6502

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    Decided to retire my BeatsX into running sessions only as I always found the sound a little muddle.

    These things are awseome, really clear and very easy to get used to!.
     
  20. DNichter macrumors G3

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    I’m returning mine. Just not enough of an improvement over the original AirPods for me. Missed opportunity for Apple to come out with something actually better. Save your money if you have the first gen.
     
  21. dmunz macrumors regular

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    Well that doesn't work (I hope.) Mine still report at Hardware Version 1.0.0.

    FWIW
    DLM
     
  22. skys15 macrumors member

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    I mean with the new case. Shouldn’t even have made that an upsale, just upgrade the whole package and move on! They’re moving away from their simplistic nature that made who they were in the first place. And as far as range...it’s bluetooth 5 and range is supposed to be 150 feet, these new AirPods are nowhere near that kind of range.
     
  23. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    What's the model number and firmware revision displayed? I have A1523 and 6.3.2 for my gen1 Airpods.

    Also be interesting to see the results of plugging the displayed serial number into https://checkcoverage.apple.com/

    Mine show up as "Airpods" and no generation designation.

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  24. JustCap, Mar 29, 2019
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    JustCap macrumors newbie

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    Strange. I only listen to lossless and have not encountered any issues. In my case it is ALAC and played in Music (Apple).

    Are you using some other app?
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    ROFL
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    Thank you.
     
  25. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    does it activate your phone at all?
     

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