The new AirPods look identical to the old model save for the single LED centered on the front of the wireless charging case, but there are a few adjustments under the hood that may make Apple’s latest true wireless earbuds worth their price tag.
What’s the difference between the old AirPods and the new AirPods?
Granted, the improvements are more obvious for iPhone users, as the H1 chip inside the new AirPods is optimized for iOS, not Android, devices.
H1 chip vs. W1 chip
Apple’s old AirPods use the company’s proprietary W1 chip, which facilitates quick pairing, stable connectivity, and energy efficiency.
The new version, however, uses the H1 chip, which improves upon device synchronization and affords a 50 percent increase in talk time.