If you listen to our podcast, you've likely heard us gushing about Apple's AirPods. They've been nearly impossible to get since they were released in December of last year, and for good reason: They're incredible. I've posted both a first impressions piece as well as a more detailed review once I had spent more time with them, but after months of using them almost daily I've turned into the biggest AirPods evangelist I know amongst my friends. As of this writing, it's a bit unclear if today's announcement was new AirPods that come with the Qi inductive charging case, a Qi inductive charging case, or both. Either way, this 1.1 iteration is a fantastic upgrade to an already great set of headphones. Amusingly enough, these new AirPods were also leaked beforehand:

There don't seem to be any major differences other than support for "AirPower", which is what Apple is calling their inductive charging. The slightly redesigned case has the charging LED on the front instead of how the "original" AirPods indicate their charge status with a LED inside the case that you need to open the lid to see. Hopefully with Apple tweaking the design they'll be a little bit easier to find in stock... anywhere. Either way, AirPods have easily become among my favorite Apple products, so definitely check out my review if you're curious.

  • Zaraf

    Awwww I was looking forward to AirPods 2. I love the AirPods but find them to be terrible for phone calls. I can hear people just fine but they can never (or barely) hear me.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    I thought what was mentioned was a (future) optional additional accessory case that has wireless charging, not a new model of AirPods?

    • Daniel Skatter

      Yup. Just an optional case. Confirmed with multiple sources.

  • DanKetch

    I've been checking the Apple Store regularly (online since I live in the boonies in Saskatchewan) and it's gone down from a 6 week wait for AirPods to a 2-3 week wait. So it's getting better.

  • blueknight1st

    Just go to Best Buy. I just bought a pair there today they had at least 40 pairs if not more.