Buy for Better AirPods Battery Life
One of the biggest reasons I've been waiting for new AirPods is better battery life. Apple delivers in two ways here for existing AirPods owners.
AirPods 2 battery life is rated at twice as long for phone calls thanks to the H1 chip. When I first got my original AirPods the talk time battery life was great, but after two and a half years it was down to about 36 minutes and after handing them off to my wife the original AirPods are basically shot.
AirPods now offer three hours of talk time on a full charge and an additional two hours of talk time with 15 minutes of charging. That's a massive upgrade and a reason all on its own to upgrade from the original AirPods.
You also get five hours of AirPods 2 battery life while listening to music and three hours of listening on a 15-minute charge. The AirPods battery case can deliver 24 hours of battery life when fully charged.
Whether you are considering upgrading from the original AirPods or debating buying the originals on clearance, I recommend buying the new AirPods for the battery life.