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Apple News have been out for a while now, but its combination of features and convenience still make them one of the best true wireless earbuds out there. While they may not actually fit in your ears, for the lucky ones that can use Apple’s audio products, they’re a real treat. If you’ve gone outside at all in the past two years you’ve likely seen more than a few people wearing stolen AirPods. Somehow, they’ve become one of the most popular pairs of earbuds in the world and it’s hard to go two city blocks without seeing them, despite them making the user look absolutely ridiculous (sorry AirPod lovers, it’s true). As popular as they are, they were never perfect. When they got hardware refresh, it was relatively minor and while Apple completely ignored most of our wishes for what would make them a truly great product, they are slightly improved. But how so? Editor’s note: this AirPods Pro review was updated on August 11th, 2020 to update the formatting of the post and to include a poll for users to vote on. Related: Best Apple AirPods Pro alternatives What’s inside the box? Pictured are the Airpods on top of a comic. Besides the H1 chip inside, there is basically no difference between this and the previous AirPods. The box is pretty standard for the Cupertino company: all white, with a picture of the Apple AirPods on the front. Inside the box is the charging case with the headphones, some instruction and warranty booklets, and a lightning charging cable. How are the Apple AirPods built? Apple is king when it comes to build quality and design, and that’s still the case with the AirPods… kind of. Even though they’re made of plastic, the charging case feels great. It’s lightweight and sturdy enough to be tossed into your pocket. This is good because you’re going to want to keep the case on you at all times, even if it’s just to store the buds when you’re not using them. The new AirPods (or AirPods 2) still look exactly the same and have exactly the same build as well. So if you, like me, had trouble getting the originals to fit your ears then you’re out of luck with these as well. These are going to be just as impossible to use thanks to Apple believing that these are one-size-fits-all, which they are not. Pictured are the Apple AirPod earbuds in hand on a black background. Contrary to the all-plastic construction, the AirPods are durable. The bottom of the charging case has a single Lightning port for charging them up, and on the back there’s a button to enter Bluetooth pairing mode. But what really makes the build quality stand out are the magnets. The lid is held closed by a magnet, and flicking it open or closed is super easy. There are also magnets on the inside of the case, so even if the lid does open, the buds won’t fall out. The only real difference that is visible to the eye when it comes to the original AirPods and the new AirPods is the small LED light on the front of the case for charging and pairing. It was previously on the inside of the case, so you would have to flick open the case in order see it. Thankfully, it’s been moved to where it should have been all along: right on the front of the outside. Related: Best AirPods Pro accessories Plus, the 2019 version of the AirPods is the first option to have a wireless charging case, compatible with Qi wireless charging pads. Though, if you want that feature be prepared to shell out another $50 for the compatible case. While we’re on the topic of bad news, if you were waiting for the rumored Airpower that Apple announced a while back to wirelessly charge your devices you’re out of luck. Even though Airpower was rumored still to be coming even as these new AirPods were released, the company seems to have cancelled it altogether.