Apple has updated its wireless Airpods headphones before a likely launch of its very own streaming service.
The tech giant’s new set of Airpods will boast a better battery life, Apple’s new, more powerful chip, as well as the option of a wireless charging case.
The H1 chip will give the refreshed Airpods another hour’s talking time, Apple said.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 20, 2019
“The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new Airpods,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said.
“They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”
H1 will also double the speed of switching between Apple devices to listen to music.
Meanwhile, the Airpods will allow users to say “Hey, Siri” to change songs, make calls and change volume.
Fans can order the new Airpods online and the App Store now, landing in Apple stores next week.
The new Airpods’ UK prices are:
£159 for the Airpods
£199 for the Airpods and a wireless charging case
£79 for the Airpods wireless charging case
Apple is set to launch its own TV streaming service at its ‘It’s Showtime’ event on 25 March.
Expected announcements include a $9.99 news and magazine subscription service from sites like The New York Times and The Washington Post.
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But the main event is a TV streaming service boasting more than 24 TV shows and movies currently in the works, alongside content from others - though Netflix has ruled out sharing its own shows.