BREAKING: Apple announces AirPods 2 with wireless charging case, better battery life and ‘Hey Siri’


The Apple product surprises keep rolling out this week.

For the third day in a row, the iPhone maker quietly launched new gadgets ahead of a press event scheduled for Monday that will likely focus on the launch of its rumored streaming service.

The company announced Wednesday its next-generation wireless earbuds, AirPods 2. It features a wireless charging case, improved battery life and hands-free access to its Siri voice assistant.

The set will be available in two options: with a wireless charging case for $199 or with the normal standard case for $159 — the same price as the original AirPods.

The wireless charging case is also available for $79 for people with the original version of AirPods.

AirPods 2 feature Apple’s new H1 chip, which the company says gives better performance, faster connect times and up to 50% more talk time than the original AirPods. Users can also now say “Hey Siri” to activate the voice assistant, rather than tapping one of the ear buds.

AirPods 2 can be purchased online starting Wednesday and will hit Apple Stores next week.

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