Apple’s new AirPods have Siri built-in

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Apple has launched a new version of its wireless earphones that allows users to activate the virtual assistant Siri by voice alone.

It means that the assistant can now be reached without any buttons having to be pressed – users just utter the familiar command, “Hey Siri”.

Apple also said that the AirPods had an additional hour of talk time thanks to improved battery life.

One analyst said it was a sign that AirPods were “getting smarter”.

The AirPods also feature a new chip, H1, which Apple says improves the wireless connection between the earphones and the user’s smartphone, watch or tablet.