Believe it or not, Apple's wireless headsets have updates, but are AirPod 2019 distinct from what you've already seen and heard?
Now that Apple is moving into a wireless world, it makes sense for its personal sound to be updated, which means AirPods will be refreshed: AirPods 2019 now support wireless connectivity as well as some other enhancements.
Are we closer to perfection, or is it more than the same?
Design and Features
Repeating the first generation of Apple AirPods, AirPods in 2019 look pretty good on this original pair, offering two tiny white EarPods with trimmed cables, allowing them to hang with your ear while sitting, standing, walking and talking, generally continuing with your life as and you.
In most cases, they are actually the same as you would see in the older model, though there is a change under the hood: Apple has replaced its W1 wireless chip with a new H1 headset chip, providing what Apple claims to be a more stable connection and keeping the Siri constant approach if you are a person who likes to talk to Apple's digital assistant.
That means the chip can always listen to you to say magic words to talk to Siri and you do not have to lift your finger to touch the headphones to tell them you will talk to them.
With that chip, Apple uses two beam microphones to raise the sound of your voice and clean it, as well as the motion and speech accelerometer and optical sensors. Apple AirPods for 2019 have moved to Bluetooth 5.0, a new feature that should improve wireless connectivity, and just like older Apple's generation, they have made it easy to connect with modern iPhone devices by simply holding close to iPhone devices. It's really that simple.
They are still made of plastic, they are small, come in white only, and some people still call them little white toothbrushes for your ears, so nothing has changed.
Using another generation of AirPods continues to come with the same warning as the first, since the controls are simply not fantastic. You have a touch pad on any ear and you can change what you are doing when you touch them, but that's why, not a large assortment of controls.
Basically, it's mostly just pausing and playing with a double touch that serves as a skipping song, which is without adjustment even though it has no volume control or ambient noise features.
Basically, this is something you get with the wired Apple EarPods remote control, just without volume, just like the last time.
Without major changes to your physical controls, you may be curious about changing the audio quality of things, and the answer is not much, if anything else.
Keeping the sayings "if it's not broken, do not fix it," Apple has left the audio performance largely unchanged, and Pickr Sound Test has seen several changes of path since the last AirPods review, the sound quality of the sound reminiscent of what we experienced before several years.
The volume was loud enough in the silent room, although it was not surprising that the design of the headset meant we had to slightly increase the volume so we could hear what screamed through our ears when we were out. Unfortunately, this is one of the drawbacks in making bubbles, since it has a greater noise than you would otherwise want.
However, in the silent room, our audio test proved to be pleasant.
Without too much noise, 2019 AirPods produces surprisingly warm and balanced sound no matter what you are listening to.
This means that you will jump up and down Carly Rae Jepsen, Charlie Puth or Paul Simon, find a decent tonality with a solid soundtrack on medium, high and even falling.
Although we are not necessarily comforters, the merits of Apple's engineers should be given in relation to the balance of bass, because these things do not sound bad at all, no matter what genre you are listening to.
Call quality is also very strong, and whether we've been talking on Android or iPhone, that's one thing we could consider: microphones do incredible work here, make things clean and make calls clearer.
When the sound remains unchanged, the most interesting area is perhaps with the battery, which shows a few shifts in what it can do.
On the one hand, it may happen that it takes longer battery life than the charging system, which typically offers four to five hours of charging if you continue to use them, but you will probably see a case before that time.
Theoretically, you could use them for hours before AirPods released in 2019, although we never found the AirPods comfortable for long-term use, and then returned one or two times to the charging box.
However, this charging box now contains enough charge for good 24 hours of use, which means that if you continue to use AirPods for 2019, several hours a day, you should probably charge the box only once a week.
The second cool thing about Apple's change in the second generation of AirPods is charging: while you can easily plug in a Lightning plug and charge 2019 AirPods the same way you can connect the iPhone, you can also recharge your new AirPods wirelessly via a wireless charger, provided that you have caught them in the case of wireless power.
It is more convenient and more practical than changing life, but still cool. There are not many handsets that offer wireless charging, and at the time of publishing, we can only think of Altec Lansing doing it, making it a very, very new feature.
But while the battery has experienced little improvement, just like performance, the price for AirPods for 2019 has not changed.
If you get the second generation of Apple AirPods, you can now choose between those that come in standard Lightning-Charging for $ 249 or one with Lightning and wireless charging for $ 319.
Alternatively, if you already have AirPods, you can buy a $ 129 wireless charging box.
In any case, 2019 AirPods work the same way and offer the same 24-hour price, which makes them more than capable of battery life in one of the smallest packages you can find for personal sound.
What should I do?
It's been almost two years since the first generation of Apple's wireless EarPods has been launched, and as we continue, we do not have as much change as we might like.
Yes, they will continue to be a cultural icon for the wireless generation, and we all expect that many people on the iPhone will still climb to a small white handset like now. However, they are not perfect, and there are still things Apple could do to get there.
We are still craving for a bit more control over what's there because, like the original AirPods, control basically does not exist. You can double-tap to change songs, and you can pull them out of your ears to stop, and that's basically what you can do.
You still can not adjust what you are doing with these controls, switch taps to different things, but only on the iPhone or iPad, similar to the one you're working with the Beats controls on the Solo 3 and Studio 3 headsets.
In fact, you can not change Android controls at all, so if you pair 2019 AirPods with your Android phone, you'll be stuck with any of the controls you've recently set up, which usually touches one for pause or playback and tap twice to skip songs. Yes, they work on Android, but the experience is not exactly Android friendly.
We are also over the funny design since they came, but they are still not comfortable, at least our ears. Some people like AirPod, and some people do not, but this is an inherent flaw in making the dummy that Apple has not yet passed.
Simply put, you will love them or you will not. However, one of the best ways to find out in advance is to grab a couple of Apple Wired EarPods, put them in your ear and see if they are comfortable for a long time. If not, you probably will not like AirPods for 2019.
Final Thoughts (TLDR)
Although the negatives are still noticeable, positive results with Apple AirPods in 2019 are savings: the same sound with better connectivity, Siri integration and longer battery life. And depending on the type of person you are in, you can get rid of more cables with a wireless charging case.
For many, these upgrades will make all the difference, while Apple's AirPower is dead in the water, the standard charging standard is now ubiquitous that finding a supported charger will not be difficult, you may have to meet one that Apple did not do.
Essentially, if you liked the latest AirPods or you wished to wait because you were not sure what was in store for 2019, this year's AirPods are exactly what you are looking for. They offer the same sound with an improved wireless and better battery.
There will still not be a wireless headset for everyone, but if you like old AirPods, the new AirPod offers just a little more in the wireless world. This is the same, but slightly better, and that's all right, provided that's what you want.
Ease of use
Wavy, relatively balanced sound
Possibility of charging
Siri's connection is a bit easier to talk
Sound bleeds inside and out of the bubble design, which means that you will probably need to convert them into transit
Controls require work and adjustment
It may not be comfortable for everyone
Android controls are not customizable at all