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iOS 14 Experience:What Updates are Coming to Your Airpods Pro?

It's been over a month since the release of the firmware version 2D15 for Apple's Airpods Pro. However, at the WWDC 2020 developers event, Apple announced a couple of new features coming to the Airpods Pro. It revealed that it would be adding a new auto-switching feature for seamless switching between audio sources (exclusively on Apple devices), and a Spatial Audio feature to the wireless Earbuds which will create a virtual surround sound experience when watching video or audio tracks that support Dolby 5.1/7.1 It seems the upgrade is coming with the new software version 2D27 that Apple has just released. Although this update is not clear on the changes or improvements that are made to the wireless earbuds since Apple doesn't publish release notes for its earbuds, but the true wireless buds will most likely address some bug fixes and overall performance improvements. Another thing about software updates for Airpods is that they come automatically installed, this means that there is no way for users to manually install the updates. The updates occur only when the Airpods Pro is in its charging case and connected/paired to the iPhone device. However, to check the current firmware version your Earbuds is running on, on your iOS device, head to settings app > general > about > airpods. Users with Airpods Pro running on the previous version should begin to see the updates installed into their device. So check out for it!

Are the original Airpods worth dumping for the new Airpods 2?

Sometime in March 2019, Apple unveiled Airpods 2 which are believed to be an upgrade of the first generation Airpods, but if you are a first time buyer or you already have a set of the first Airpods and debating whether to upgrade to the new Airpods, there are few things you should have in mind. Well, other than the upgraded features and improvements Apple made for better performance and efficiency, the difference between the two devices aren’t that big. The first generation Airpods runs on W1 chip with Bluetooth 4.2 while Airpods 2 are powered by an upgraded H1 chip which supports Bluetooth 5.0; this however makes connectivity 1.5x faster and switching between devices 2x faster. Both devices still offer up to 5 hours of listening time, but with Airpods 2 H1 chip, you now get an additional hour of talk time and the case provides 24 hours of battery life. To run the new earbuds, your phone needs to be on the latest ios 12.2 while the old earbuds run on iOS 10 or later. Another difference is that, the new Airpods now support Hands-free Hey siri functionality meaning you can use voice commands instead of douple tapping to activate siri. Also, the new earbuds comes with wireless charging, which is optional because there is also the regular charging option that uses a lightning cable; But if you decide to go for the wireless charging option, you would need to buy the Qi wireless charging case differently. And to charge the case, you need to have a charging pad, but there’s also a lightning port on the case, so you can charge with a lightning cable if you can't afford the luxury of a charging pad. Not only can the Qi wireless charging case be used to charge the Airpods 2 that comes with wireless charging, the case is also compatible with the first generation Airpods, this means that other than the lightning cable, the wireless charging case works just fine in charging the old earbuds. So now you can see that the changes aren’t that big other than the wireless charging, improved battery life and hands-free “Hey, Siri”. So unless you fancy the upgrades and have extra cash to spend, we suggest you stick with the old Airpods.

Should we bank on 3rd Gen Airpods?

It wasn't too long ago that Apple released another version of the Apple Airpods, otherwise known as the second generation Airpods. The Airpods 2 was built with a faster processor, which enables hands free Siri activation, offers longer talk time and a wireless charging option. Pending the release of the second generation Airpods, we were made to believe that Apple was working on a new model of Airpods slated for 2019, which would come with noise cancelation and water resistance features. As we have seen, the Airpods 2 have neither of those. Well, recently, rumour has it that Apple may be planning to release two new models of Airpods later this year or early next year - 2020. Although one of the models may be a slight update to the existing model, while the other model may feature major updates and may have a water proof casing and noise cancelation feature. There is also a chance the new Airpods could come in new black colour options... Now, we do not know if Apple will go through with this or whether it is just what it is - A rumour. But question is, would you ever consider buying the new models with the fact that they could be ten times more expensive than the current model?

Go Wireless With Apple Airpods

AirPods are wireless Bluetooth earbuds created by Apple and were first released in 2016, a second iteration was released in March 2019 which means there are currently two versions of the Airpods; the first generation Airpods (Airpod 1) and the second generation Airpods (Airpod 2). They are Apple's most popular accessory product, and this is because they are free of wires, and are super convenient to use for listening to audio and making phone calls. The Airpods are designed with a chipset called the W1 (on Airpod 1) or H1 (on Airpod 2) that allows for easy pairing and rock-solid audio sync, built-in accelerometer to register tap controls, an optical sensor to detect when they're in your ears and when they're out, dual beam-forming microphones for talking to Siri and making crystal clear phone calls, and a second accelerometer for speech detection. They come with a Charging Case, which is used for both charging and storage purposes. The Charging Case is small in size, portable and easily pocketable. There’s the Lightning cables which should be connected to the Lightning port at the bottom to charge the AirPods and the case. The Wireless Charging Case also lets you charge with a Qi wireless charger. When it comes to the battery life, AirPods deliver an incredible 5 hours of listening time on one charge and 3 hours of listening time with just 15 minutes charge. The charging case also holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time. Now, before using the Airpods, they have to be paired or configured with an Iphone or any Apple device. AirPods are also compatible with any device that supports Bluetooth 4.0 or higher, including Android devices (although the features and functionality are limited).