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the boost of the H1-chip technology

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It is impossible to talk about the AirPods without sharing some personal experience with them. The presentation of the original model in the keynote of September 2016 presented us with a product that seemed to be taken from a science fiction film, so much so that when I wrote its analysis I gave it exactly the same title.

the boost of the H1-chip technology
the boost of the H1-chip technology

When the keynote was finished, I had the opportunity to test them in the demo area that Apple made available to the press at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ( the Apple Park would officially open a year later ). That room was big but there were a lot of media people with a lot of ambient noise. I told the person from Apple who made the demo that I would like to try them out but I understand that with that noise I wouldn’t appreciate them very much. He only answered me: ” Try them… Seriously.

They didn’t have noise cancellation but honestly, I was impressed with the power of the sound and how well it stood out from the crowd. I also remember that I found it very strange to wear a headset like the traditional wireless iPod headphones , and how quickly the music started to play when interacting with the iPhone interface.

The real magic of the AirPods was the connectivity and sound quality: on AirPods 2 the feeling is enhanced

About a couple of months later I had the home test unit , and I remember trying them out for the first time with Matt Simons’ Catch & Release. When I put them on, I don’t know whether it was the magic of the song, the feeling of freedom to put these completely wireless headphones on for the first time or the sound quality… I just closed my eyes and enjoyed the music so much . The product disappeared, and then I realized that this product was going to be an absolute success for the company.

An Iconic Design

Today we think of AirPods as a clear success story and one of the best new products from Apple in recent years – I certainly think so. But when they came to the public, nobody doubts that they were ” very rare “. I’m sure it happened to you too, but wearing them when no one else knew about them attracted a lot of looks and some questions: you could recognize the shape but that seemed like a joke.

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The design of the AirPods has finally become an icon, just as the iPod or iPhone once were

As sales began to catapult and become more popular, the feeling of something “weird” coming into the ear became normal. Today, almost three years after the launch of the first model, it is absolutely common to see them on the street, in the subway or even in some presentation journalists who use them for their live connections. In fact, has become an icon for wireless headsets , as the iPod or iPhone once did – and that says a lot about a product that didn’t have it easy in its first generation.

In fact, I’ve always found it curious how a product has permeated so much even on devices outside the Apple ecosystem. When we used the brand’s products we had the synchronization with the W1 chip of the original AirPods, the use of iCloud to instantly link them to any of our devices… However, people even with Android buy them and marvel at the ease of use and comfort , connecting them via Bluetooth. I recommend them in the same way even if you don’t have an iPhone: they are a real Trojan horse for the brand – again as was the iPod at the time – which can draw attention to other brand products for which I had never paid attention.

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AirPods 2, changes not seen but noticeable

At a quick glance it is very difficult to differentiate between AirPods 2 ( ) and AirPods 1, in terms of exterior design. Perhaps one of the most important parts of a wireless headset is the autonomy. The originals had some understandable values within the wingspan of each earphone, and in this new model they have improved :

AirPods 1

AirPods 2

Autonomy with case

24 hours of audio playback and up to 11 hours of talk time

24 hours of audio playback and up to 18 hours of talk time

Autonomy per earphone

Up to 5 hours of audio playback and up to 2 hours of talk time

Up to 5 hours of audio playback and up to 3 hours of talk time

Autonomy with quick charge

15 minutes in the dan case for 3 hours of audio playback or more than 1 hour of conversation

15 minutes in the dan case for 3 hours of audio playback or more than 2 hours of conversation

From this improvement in autonomy, we draw the following conclusions that we already anticipated when we spoke about the great novelty of these AirPods 2: the H1 chip that governs everything. Well, more like “the chips”, since we have one in each earphone. This management gets, in this generation:

  • 7 more hours of conversation with the battery and case at 100% charge More than 50% extra.
  • 1 more hour of conversation per earpiece. An additional 50%.
  • 1 hour more conversation with a quick 15 minute charge. 100% extra.

It is a significant improvement that will enhance our day-to-day use , especially while alternating phone conversations with listening to music without charging the headset. It’s the first noticeable change, but there are certainly many more than appear.

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The design of the AirPods 2 is practically identical to the previous generation, except for the hinge of the charging box ( is now more matt and less metallic ) and the LED indicator which in the case of the charging base is now on the outside. And that, even with the original design, is a big internal change that will make it easier to charge the device.

AirPods 2, left. AirPods 1, right

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The AirPods 2 wireless charging system is compatible with any charger using the Qi standard on the market, such as iPhone from iPhone X. It’s not necessary to use the old Apple AirPower – I’ve seen some comments thinking that it was only compatible with it – the same base we used to charge the phone will help us to charge the case ( in about three hours, since the charge is 5V ). This is especially convenient if we already use one of these bases at home or at the office.

We can buy these AirPods 2 with this wireless charging case for £229, or with one with only the cable charge for £50 less, £179. The differences between the two models is only the charging system , the functionality and the rest of the features are identical as the main hardware resides in each headset. There is also an option to purchase the wireless charging case for only £89, and it is also compatible with original AirPods. In my opinion, whenever possible we should have the wireless charging model as in the future we will see many more charging options of this type ( even in furniture or cars that already have it built in ) using the same standard Qi that the AirPods have.

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The H1 chip is the beginning of something important

It is imperceptible if we only talk about exterior design, but the interior of these new AirPods 2 has changed almost completely . Not only to adapt the wireless charging in its case, but also to house in each earphone something that is going to be the beginning of something very important for the Apple wireless headphone family: the H1 chip . This chip is the main responsible for the fact that we already have ” Hey, Siri” in this new generation , keeping the same design… as Apple told us in the keynote of September 2018, in this video ( when this new model was not yet official ):

The real star of the AirPods 2 is the H1 chip, designed by Apple exclusively to manage the performance of wireless headphones

The H1 is the first chip designed by Apple exclusively to manage wireless headsets ( the H comes from “Headphone” ) and is especially important because it is responsible for controlling all subsystems of the hardware containing the power consumption. Accelerometers, proximity sensors, volume … the H1 orchestrates the flow of energy between them maintaining the preservation of the battery, so in the same space of the previous generation we now have more capacity. The Apple hardware + software combination, is without a doubt this.

He is also responsible for sampling in a contained way the microphones of the headphones attending the Oye, Siri, without that impacting as you see in the drums. You don’t even need any configuration for this either: the AirPods 2 will use the initialization data with which we configured Siri on the iPhone to remain alert to our commands.

As a technology, the fact that Apple has put so much interest in this as to create this chip specifically for this purpose indicates that the brand will bet heavily on evolving these features in the future . There is also a moderate improvement in the sound, no doubt enhanced by the H1, especially in powerful bass and more defined treble. We still don’t have total sound cancellation – perhaps because of the “exterior” design of the headset – but in voice calls I have noticed that the H1 also improves the separation of external noise from the voice of the call.

Day to day with AirPods 2

The low latency and improved connection to our devices is one of the most outstanding improvements in the AirPods 2

With this new generation, the AirPods 2 are even better in a round product at a very good price – you only have to look at the price difference with some of your competitors, which is a major leap due to the internal redesign. Another much improved point is the low latency – the response time between the iPhone and the headset is negligible – and the fast connections with the devices. Practically one second and we’re connected, from our main device or on any of the ones we have in our iCloud cloud.

A recurring question is also whether AirPods can be used for sports . I use the originals for sports from the first month, even going for a run or training with them at the gym. Here it already depends on the shape of your ear canal to prevent them from falling out or not. In my case, I have never dropped one.

If you need some extra support, you can find very cheap adapters that will hold the AirPods more firmly in your ear. The sound quality while playing sports is something I can’t do without in my training sessions: my advice, when you go home, pass a cotton wool soaked in a little alcohol to clean them, not with water. I have kept them clean for almost three years in this way.

In my opinion these AirPods should be almost certainly purchased even if we don’t have an Apple product to connect it to. If we are also users of the ecosystem, they are essential : we will have the advantages of using the Apple Watch as a visual interface for them, or Siri to turn up or down the volume ( that Apple should consider with some combo touches from software at some point ).

Everything to make those transits in the subway, plane trips or those moments where we don’t want to hear anything else, disappear and there is only good music , or the voice we want to hear on the other side. Finally, this is no longer science fiction , although it still seems like it.

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