More Listening Time
Apple manages to squeeze a bit more battery life out of its products with almost every new release, and its new AirPods are no exception. Since there’s no room in the wireless earbuds for a bigger battery, Apple has instead focused on creating an even more power-efficient chip, providing an extra hour of listening time. This means you’ll get five hours of listening out of a single charge, rather than four, but if the AirPods are dead, a 15-minute recharge in the case will still only get you back up to three hours of listening time, unchanged from the original version.
Personally, we can’t say that we’ve ever found the four-hour listening time to be insufficient — especially since we keep our AirPods in the charging case anytime they’re not in use — but if you’ve ever found your listening or talk time on your AirPods to be insufficient, that extra hour may be compelling. Plus, if you’re a power user who has your AirPods since they first came out, chances are that your battery life has diminished even further.