Apple AirPods 2 review: even more wireless
Apple AirPods 2 review: even more wireless


– Here are the new AirPods. They look, well, exactly
the same as the old AirPods. The design, fit, and sound quality, almost everything is the same as before, which means that, if you
were waiting for Apple to improve the fit or the
way that AirPods sound on the subway, or even just
looking for a new color, you’re probably going to be disappointed. But you’re not here to
learn about the old AirPods, so let’s dive into what’s
actually new and different. (light music) The new features can be simplified
into four bullet points: wireless charging, faster
switching between your devices, better battery life for talk time, and the ability to call up Siri without having to tap on the side. Wireless charging is
probably the biggest upgrade in terms of your daily use. You can get the new AirPods
with a wireless charging case for $199, or you can get the
same wireless charging case for your existing AirPods for $79 and it will work the exact same way. If you don’t care about wireless charging, you can buy the new AirPods
with the standard case for the same $159 price as before. Now, the wireless charging
uses the Qi standard. It’s the same as the iPhone and countless Android
phones on the market. So you can use the same wireless
charging pad as your phone to charge your AirPods. Now just put it on the charger and the little charging light on the front of the case will turn orange and you’re charging away. Now one weird thing here is the charging light will actually turn off after a few seconds, but the
case will still be charging. Now charging like this is pretty slow. Apple tells me that the
case charges at five watts, which is slower than the iPhone charges at and can take up to three and a half hours to fully take up the case wirelessly. Also, if you’re using a stand
style charger for your phone, that probably won’t work for this because the coils just won’t line up. You really want to be
using a flat pad charger for the AirPods. I tested them on the few
pads that we have here and I had no problem
charging with any of them. If you’re the kind of person
that puts your AirPods case inside of another case, wireless
charging should still work, but you probably won’t be able to see that little indicator light. Finally, if you have a Galaxy S10, you can use your Android phone to wirelessly charge your AirPods, which is never not hilarious. (jazzy music) Now Apple says the new AirPods can switch between your devices up to two times faster than before. So if you use an iPhone
and an iPad or a Mac, you can quickly switch between them. Maybe it’s technically faster, but it never feels faster to me because switching devices still requires going into the settings menu on the device you wanna switch to and then selecting the AirPods and then still waiting a few beats for them to actually make a connection. I have to say it. I love how easy Apple
makes it to pair AirPods to your iCloud account
and have them set up on every device that you use. But I also just wish
they could be connected to more than one device at a time, like a lot of other Bluetooth headphones, like the Bose QC35s or the noise-canceling Sennheisers I have. But pro tip for Mac users, the Tooth Fairy app makes
this a one-click process and it’s totally worth the $3 for it. The reason that the AirPods
can connect faster now is thanks to Apple’s
new H1 chip inside them, which also provides up to
three hours of talk time on a charge, so you can
use them for the entirety of that never-ending conference call. The battery life for music
or just audio listening is still five hours between charges, but that’s still at the top of the range for what you get with wireless earbuds, and frankly, I’m pretty happy with it. Now Apple claims that the new chip improves voice quality on calls too, which is nice because I
think that the AirPods are already the best
headset for taking calls on and this should make them even better. But if I’m being honest,
I haven’t really noticed much of a difference in my testing. That H1 chip is also what
lets you say hey Siri whenever you want to call up Siri, and just like you can do on a new iPhone or the newer Macs, you
don’t have to double tap one of the AirPods to do it anymore. That’s convenient and it
definitely works as advertised. And it also lets me set
the double-tap action to another thing like
skip track or play/pause. But I don’t think I’ll be talking to Siri much more than I was before because, well, Siri is still Siri. Even with the new chip and
the hands-free ability, there’s still a significant delay from when I say hey
Siri and get a response and there’s no bell or ding to indicate that the AirPods have
actually heard my command. And Siri is still the only way to adjust the volume on
the AirPods themselves, which is, frankly, kind of annoying. Now Apple also says that the H1 chip will cut down on latency when
you’re wearing the AirPods and playing games, but since
I never experienced any lag or delay issues with the first gen while watching video or
playing games on my phone, I really didn’t notice
much of a difference with the new ones. (electronic music) So aside from those things, the new AirPods are still AirPods, which means that they’re
really great wireless earbuds, if they fit in your ears. Now they work for me and,
clearly, a lot of other people based on how many people
I see wearing them every single day. But they don’t fit everyone,
and the new iteration just doesn’t do anything to change that. They also aren’t great
in noisy environments like when you’re on a plane
or riding in a subway car or just on a busy street
because they don’t seal and don’t have noise cancellation. So should you buy them? Well if you have the first gen AirPods and those are still working great, then no, you’re not really
gaining anything here. If you must have wireless charging, you can buy the case separately without having to drop
$200 on a full new set. But if your first gen AirPods aren’t holding a charge anymore because you’ve been using
them for almost three years, then yeah, it’s probably time to upgrade since it’s basically
impossible to fix these or replace the batteries in them. You’ll be getting the
same basic experience with a couple of new conveniences on top. And if you don’t own AirPods at all, well, if they do fit in your ears, then they’re still basically the best truly wireless
headphones on the market, with great battery life,
solid connectivity, great ease of use, and
pretty good sound quality if you’re not in a loud environment. They even work great for Android users just like the first generation did. The new wireless charging does come at an increased price,
but for most people, the AirPods are still hard to beat. Hey, thanks for watching. If you want to know more about
other wireless headphones, be sure to check out my
colleague Becca’s video on the GalaxyBuds which went up yesterday. She’s got a really great
rundown on how they work and how they compare to the AirPods. And for everything else, be
sure to like and subscribe at youtube.com/theverge.

100 thoughts on “Apple AirPods 2 review: even more wireless”

  1. The Verge says:

    Would you upgrade to the AirPods 2?

  2. Edisson P. says:

    I still use my wired earphones that i dont need to charge 🙂

  3. Nicholas Spencer says:

    Who else noticed MCR.

  4. Hey It’s Eva says:

    Ppl with AirPods can’t afford the wire

  5. Edisson P. says:

    connecting faster is bs. apple just needed something to else to add to the list

  6. Dr_That_Guy says:

    Wireless charging is not worth $40 extra.

  7. Greg OfCanada says:

    Anker Soundcore Liberty Air. They're awesome wireless ear buds.

  8. Jay Polo says:

    Blah 🙄🙄🙄

  9. mairin says:

    did y’all hear sum? i dont speak rich 💆🏽‍♀️😔

  10. Dan Caracciolo says:

    Nice MCR throwback 🤘🏼

  11. asnaeb1452 says:

    199???? F that!

  12. Lomar Yearwood says:

    I just a negative vibe from this review and also Linus reviews

  13. Hardware Software says:

    Switching connections doesn’t require opening settings

  14. herohunter81 says:

    I notice the speed difference. My gen 1’s were like implants. I had them in all day everyday since launch. Too bad about AirPower though.

  15. pochy099 says:

    I knew it was not much the difference

  16. Benny95 says:

    Aren’t the whole point of headphones the sound quality?? Why not discuss this since that’s the MAIN point of a headphone.

  17. J says:

    yay hype never changes

  18. FDSeoul says:

    MORE GIMMICK filled CASH GRAB from the people from Apple. I swear Apple users have stockholm syndrome.

  19. The Sly Asian says:

    "Never not hilarious" isn't towards the wireless charging mechanism of the S10, but the fact that Apple doesnt have it and Samsung is actually supporting an apple product

  20. UpDownLeft11 says:

    The sad quote about pitching $200 earbuds "because they can't hold a charge anymore and they can't be fixed or repaired" is disgusting.

  21. Fahad Zafar says:

    What is your phone case called?

  22. The Vision Alpha Legend says:

    Airpods gives cancer

  23. Erwin Sahonero says:

    Theres too many "if"'s. I think The Verge is forgiving a lot of big details on a 200$ wireless headphones that doesn't even sound good enough.

  24. D. Dames says:

    If I'm being honest. You guys make crispy great videos but the bias all of the reviewers have on the Verge towards Apple is ridiculous. I just finished watching your review on the Galaxy buds. And it was basically a comparison to the Airpods and other wireless earbuds. Meanwhile in this review, there was not one mention of another competitor when I can name several that has better sound quality and features compared to the Airpods. It's laughable tbh how bias this channel is.

  25. Fernando Magaña says:

    More like AirPods S

  26. Ranganath Sah says:

    But the sound quality is actually better on the new one for me.

  27. Stefan Fernandes says:

    Product has been out for 2 years
    The verge : feel free to upgrade to AirPods 2 if you’ve been using the old ones for 3 years.

  28. Starman says:

    Feel the hype….lol

  29. Martin Tausen says:

    You don’t have to wait for a response after “Hey Siri”, just keep talking.

  30. curiousCat!320 says:

    So still no luck for people w/ small ears. SMH

  31. Adam Macias says:

    These are NOT "Airpods 2". The tech community is making an assumption and it just shows me how much y'all copy each other. All that happened was they released a wireless charging case. Even on Apple's website it doesn't say Airpods 2, anywhere.

  32. Melvin Lourdes says:

    I am too lazy fed up with charging devices like smartwatches headphones earbuds speakers etc… 😏

  33. life newar says:

    upgrade ear buds is cool

  34. life newar says:

    don't like apple sounds on iTunes

  35. Dennis Hena says:

    Wait…when did Apple announce these?! I watched the Keynote, no mention of AirPods 2.

  36. GuruNandan says:

    New airpod user's when old airpod user's try to talk to them

    "Hey siri! can you translate broke"

  37. Mark G says:

    Apple is sad….

  38. The Enthusiasm Project says:

    The biggest upgrade would be no Siri 😉

  39. Kams says:

    Although I would buy Airpods at somepoint I am waiting for Apple to release something which is innovative as these just look like the wired AirPods but made wireless.

  40. B-_-M says:

    Where do I get them? AT&T? Bestbuy?

  41. Guilherme Gabriel says:

    look, it's the bastard that reviewed the s10

  42. Daniel Reis Erthal says:

    @

  43. Jason Lampert says:

    Watching this wearing them

  44. ChillWolfHusky says:

    3 years later

    Apple airpods 3: taking your credit card money and no new features

  45. Afaaq Siddiqui says:

    Galaxy Buds Vs Airpods 2

  46. Eric Decamps says:

    I would lose them within 2 days after buying them

  47. Ashton Wyss says:

    10/10 music taste

  48. Corey Gilmore says:

    Thumbs up for that price animations dope

  49. Will Yeahbubb says:

    Save money buy the old ones seen them for under 125

  50. Riley X says:

    Who the F is this guy where’s dieter and Paul Miller lol

  51. Bardia Tohidi says:

    When u buy the airpods a day before the 2nd gen

  52. Tom Xander says:

    Review: Wireless charging and looks the same. Move on people!!! Go somewhere actually interesting.

  53. BeyondSpecs says:

    I can’t believe you guys made a video review of the AirPods 2 when it’s practically the same product as the last ones, and not review the Galaxy Watch Active (not saying that’s SUPER different from other galaxy watches but more than AirPods 1 vs 2) and just give it a hands on. I love the Verge but sometimes you make me smh.

  54. Fizzy -Brawl Stars says:

    These don’t even come out until 2020

  55. Majik MP4 says:

    What I want to know is why did the airpods to get its own review video but the Galaxy buds had to get a comparison video 🤔?

  56. Xombiq says:

    who else saw MCR

  57. ÇHÄØŠ Gaming says:

    No body give af about raycons earbuds

  58. nyle123nyle says:

    Didn’t watch whole video. Question. Is it water proof?????????

  59. Fatchoi 27 says:

    I Waiting For The 3rd Gen AirPods

  60. 80sruler says:

    I might get them just for battery life. I have been on work calls when I get the beep my charge is about out and I’m scrambling to find my backup oair

  61. nycgemini7222 says:

    nice

  62. ThatsaDistraction says:

    Those look like oral b tooth brush heads, I'm sticking to my galaxy buds

  63. g4meboy13 says:

    I still think they look silly BUT I like how they sync

  64. FN 2187 says:

    I wish you could swipe the sides to adjust volume like the parrot headphones…apple probably has that tech but decided to save it for AirPods 3…

  65. Abdulla Al-Mohannadi says:

    The one thing I wish you covered is that if they're also the 'best wireless headphones' for exercising? I'm not really aware if they're sweat proof or if they can stay in ears without falling out during intense exercise. Otherwise, great video as usual

  66. dominicanyor says:

    I’ll keep my first gen AirPods..

  67. Zach Risinger says:

    Props for still listening to MCR, my dude.

  68. Isuzu Buyer says:

    Not even a color change for version 2 Not everybody wants to attract attention while wearing them!

  69. The Law says:

    Dental floss case. Lol.

  70. M Goodman says:

    Mad respect for telling me whats up only 40 seconds into a 6 minute video.

  71. TrollPotatoe says:

    earpods fit my ears so perfectly. its like its made for my ears. so yeah airpods will fit me and i would get airpods

  72. RRMS MUSIC says:

    Hey, I currently don’t have airpod 1 or 2 should I spend the extra 30 dollars to get the 2s or just get the ones?

  73. Pandya Jayawardana says:

    Can we use mac sierra for airpods 2?

  74. Greedy fox gaming says:

    Innovation shouldn't come with a price raise

  75. pbilk1 says:

    4:33 Dave 2D?
    Free promotion. 🙂

  76. Angel Campoverde says:

    Or I can spend $6 in the headphones I am wearing now.

  77. Joseph Guy says:

    any one who already has the 1st gen airpods and buys the new ones are true apple loosers

  78. Yungdenzel says:

    Never understood the big deal with wireless charging its only convenient while ur sleeping other than tht what if u wanna use ur phone while it's charging U CAN'T

    Also if ur charging port is messed up

  79. Superman 104 says:

    Who else is watching this video using their new Airpods

  80. Ashes Of Gravity says:

    Big cred for listening to Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na)

  81. JJtreads says:

    Actually in the new AirPods when you say hey Siri, she usually says uh huh

  82. maria kara says:

    lmao how ironic that they can be charged by an android…

  83. Даниил Кириллов says:

    The review about AirPods should be like 2 second long,and consist of one frase "no difference".

  84. Chris martin says:

    How bout the range

  85. Benjamin Woodman says:

    I’m really glad Hey Siri is a thing. Now I can put skip back/also rewind, and skip track on the other.

  86. Stephanie Wolf says:

    I’ve had my AirPods for about a month. I love them and never go anywhere without them. I think they sound great!

  87. KittyzPlayz Gacha Life says:

    Thx, upgrading to airpods 2 so this is helpful

  88. marcelo zacarias says:

    Are they cancer free?

  89. Lazy Bum says:

    When he said hey Siri my Siri went on.😂

  90. NAT Huynh says:

    I considering about connecting the AirPod and Apple Watch to phone in same time. Is it still worked? I bought a Bluetooth aux adapter for my car, Camry 2010 and it’s worked very well but when I wear Apple Watch and connect in same time to my phone, it not work.

  91. Kansas life says:

    I got AirPods 2 without wireless charging

  92. Budgies says:

    I want airpods but my parents say no -.-

  93. Noah Paquin says:

    1:05 where

  94. MrDominic says:

    I’m going to get some so I can use them for Music, Videos and Sports. Please tell me, how good is the sound quality? I’m looking for good Bass, good lows and Mediums. I’m not too worried about highs.

  95. Jordan Escalante says:

    AirPods 3: "Blocks out all broke sounds(people who aren't wearing AirPods, Gucci, Gold Rolex watch, etc.)

  96. WillWillDoIt says:

    if i dont have airpods and im gonna buy em should i buy the gen 2 or gen 1

  97. Derek Jones says:

    Don’t buy them at Apple, buy them from Costco or Best Buy or Amazon

  98. Derek Jones says:

    Checkout the knock off ones 50 and 75.00 bucks

  99. Adam Nailen says:

    Great vid

  100. js says:

    Another protip: non-sealing headphones are gentler on your ears compared to the type that prevents air circulation in the ear canal. So a little worse sound quality means longer ear lifespan 🙂

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