AirPods get a new rival: the Nothing Ear 2 buds are coming this month

Nothing ear (1)
(Image credit: Stephen Warwick/ iMore)

The creator of some of the coolest modern see-through tech, Nothing, has revealed when it is going to announce the Nothing ear 2, the sequel to the successful Nothing ear 1. There's not much information here, but we do get a date and a time: March 22, at 15:00GMT. So we know what, we know when, and Nothing even tells us where, with a 'Watch on'.

Now it just needs to happen.


This announcement of an announcement comes on Twitter with not much more than a message: when (1) becomes (2).

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This doesn't tell us much about Nothings' new earbuds, or headphones, or audio devices, only that they seem to be in some way related to bugs. There is a small hint of form factor to the side of the image in the form of what looks to be a clear case, but beyond that, Nothing seems to be staying somewhat tight-lipped. iMore will of course be watching the announcement with eagle eyes, so we'll let you know as soon as we know more.

Nothing has become well known for its approach to tech. It's well-priced stuff, with solid specs and some extremely cool designs. We got to play with the Nothing ear (1), and we loved the little buds - a great alternative to the AirPods 2. The Nothing ear stick upped the ante with some more features like noise canceling while retaining a bargain price and slick, transparent casing. There's also a phone in the line, called the Nothing (phone). It's again transparent and has an extremely cool LED rune design on the back that tells you what kind of notification you have coming in. It might not rival the best iPhones in terms of specs, but it certainly looks like something from the future.

Either way, we can't wait to have a listen to the Nothing ear (2), and see whether they stack up amongst the best AirPods alternatives.

Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.