Here's Your First Look at the New Version of Apple's AirPods

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In yet another leak sourced from the iOS 11 GM, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has uncovered a render of the new version of Apple's AirPods. Troughton-Smith noted that while a render of the "iPhone X" has not been discovered within the firmware (yet), the LTE Apple Watch and now the new AirPods each have renders in the golden master of iOS 11.



Unsurprisingly, the new AirPods look a lot like the old AirPods, with an all-white charging case and white buds. The case has the same clamshell design as the current model, but has one noticeable difference: the LED charging indicator "status light" has moved from the inside of the case to the outside.

When the AirPods are in the case, the LED shows the charge status of the pods, but if they are removed from the case then the LED shows the status of the case itself. Green indicates charged, while an amber glow means less than one full charge remains. In today's short video, the LED appears to be flashing white, which Apple's support website currently explains as an indication that the AirPods are ready to be set up with another device, suggesting some of the same LED patterns will be on the new AirPods.

...in full, animated glory 😂 pic.twitter.com/dbU6WaU1B4 - Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) September 9, 2017

Last night, the first wave of iOS 11 GM leaks included references to "AirPods 1,2," which could be the updated version of the wire-free headphones that have been shared today. Of course, with just one image and a two-second clip it's impossible to say what other new features might be coming to AirPods 2.0, or if Apple is ready to announce the new model as soon as Tuesday's upcoming iPhone X event.

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Appleaker

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Glad they’re making improvements to it, better quality and maybe an hour extra battery life (or more) would be cool. A black model would be a brilliant move.

If you’re going to argue that the GM doesn’t show black then please remember that the W1 animations always show the white model, so it’s not ruled out.
 

JohnApples

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Yes! I'm glad I decided to wait it out instead of splurging on last year's ancient, vastly outdated model of AirPods.

Kidding of course, but I am curious as to what additional improvements these will have.
 

Brookzy

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Astonished new ones are already on the horizon.

At a guess I'd say we'd get either longer battery life or better sound as a minimum.

If we're lucky we'll get both.

If we're extremely lucky they will have new silicon that provides Hey Siri support.
 

Nozuka

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i hope it's a really small change, because i just got mine like 2 weeks ago ;)
i usually get it right with the timing on apple products... didn't expect this so soon..
 
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TallGuyGT

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Astonished new ones are already on the horizon.

At a guess I'd say we'd get either longer battery life or better sound as a minimum.

If we're lucky we'll get both.

If we're extremely lucky they will have new silicon that provides Hey Siri support.
I'm very satisfied with mine, but I'd happily take all these improvements. Available in black would be even better!
 
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AngerDanger

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They finally made AirPods that can sort of be viewed from the side. It's about time. Now we can sort of tilt the case and look right at them.
 
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Cougarcat

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I was wondering if it's possible they to be bundled with the iPhone X. It'd be better than the Apple Music & iCloud subscriptions.
I agree that it would, but it's way, way too early for that, IMO. Maybe when they are sold for around $69.

Having the original ones I prefer the indicator light inside rather than outside. If there’s no improvement otherwise I will gladly keep version 1.
Why? Wouldn't it be better to have improved visibility of your battery? I'm still bitter Apple removed the outside battery LEDs from the MBP...
 
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Nice, another Apple product that we won't be able to find in the retail environment for 10-11 months with any relative ease. Call me in February when all the new iPhone models and storage capacities are readily available and the wait for these new AirPods is only 6 weeks. Supply Chain FAIL.
 

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Yes! I'm glad I decided to wait it out instead of splurging on last year's ancient, vastly outdated model of AirPods.

Kidding of course, but I am curious as to what additional improvements these will have.
Yes! You get the light on the outside. So glad you waited an entire year. Good luck finding these in stores like the previous ones.
 

JohnApples

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Yes! You get the light on the outside. So glad you waited an entire year. Good luck finding these in stores like the previous ones.
Somebody's a little mad that they wasted their money on the beta version of AirPods! You'll be rushing to get these new ones once you see how beautiful that outside LED looks. :p



I'd say "kidding" again, but I think I made this one even more obvious.
 

Porco

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So would it be fair to say all you people with AirPods with the LED on the inside of the case are using yesterday's technology and you're holding up progress now that Apple has shown us the way? When will you join the future and throw away your outdated, antiquated gen 1 AirPods and replace them with these updated models? This ancient 'LED on the inside' technology is dead already, surely... I predict in 2 months' time no-one will be using anything but AirPods with the LED on the outside of the case. ;)