The marquee feature for Apple’s new AirPods is the addition of wireless charging support, bringing something that was rumoured to be in the works well over a year ago. To Apple’s credit, it also appears to have done this right; while there had been some speculation that the new AirPods wireless charging would only be supported by Apple’s soon-to-be-released AirPower, it will actually work with any Qi-compatible charger, rather than being dependent on a proprietary charger like the Apple Watch.
If you’re a fan of wireless charging — and who isn’t these days? — then that alone may tip the scales in favour of buying the new AirPods. Of course, if you already own the original AirPods and you’re only looking for wireless charging, Apple is selling the wireless charging case by itself for $79, so wireless charging by itself shouldn’t be a compelling reason to upgrade.