Apple has released an updated version of their AirPods wireless headphones today.
The new AirPods include performance improvements for faster connect times and longer talk time. Additionally, the new AirPods support “Hey Siri” for hands-free voice initiated interaction with Siri.
The new AirPods also are available with an optional wireless charging case, which allow for using a Qi-based charger to charge their battery.
The AirPods with Wireless Charging Case cost $199, while the standard wired charging AirPods cost $159. The Wireless Charging Case can also be purchased separately for $79.
Orders for the new AirPods start today on apple.com and will deliver towards the end of the month.
Setting up AirPods is incredibly easy with an iPhone or iPad, and they work seamlessly with the Mac, Apple Watch, and because they’re Bluetooth they even work with Android or Windows hardware too.
The quiet release of new AirPods comes during the same week that Apple has also quietly released updated iPad Air 10.5″ and iPad mini 7.9″ and updated iMac hardware too. It’s possible that Apple will release yet another new product or updated hardware on the remaining days of the week, with various rumors circulating about the eventual release of the much anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat (which presumably would go well with the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case), a possible update to iPod touch, and updates to the 12″ MacBook.
Apple is set for a media event on March 25 where the company will apparently unveil a TV show effort to compete with Netflix and other similar streaming video providers.