From the Mac to the iPod to the iPhone, Apple is a master of making iconic products. Even if some of the company’s gadgets aren’t necessarily best-in-class, they’re often the most recognizable and desirable. That tradition of technological trendsetting has continued with the AirPods, which went from ridiculous to status symbol in a matter of memes.

Two years after the AirPods were introduced, Apple has released a new version with updated internals and a few pleasant creature comforts. Together, the tweaks make the AirPods easier to use without compromising their compact design and minimal aesthetics. In short, Apple’s wireless earbuds are a bit better than they were before. But is that good enough?


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