On a busy day for Apple products, Bose decided to quietly announce the next generation of its portable wireless speakers, the SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II, and the SoundLink Air system, its first-ever Apple Airplay-enabled product.
Some other small improvements have been made. There's a new integrated bifold protective cover (it comes in leather or nylon), which also serves as the speaker's stand. And the system will remember the last six devices you paired with the speaker, so re-pairing becomes automatic. However, Bose made no mention of improved battery life (the speaker has a built in rechargeable battery).
The Mobile II costs the same as the original: the standard, black trim package with a dark-gray nylon bifold cover goes for $299.95, while the premium, chrome trim package with a dark-brown leather bifold will set you back $349.95.
The SoundLink Air system, which uses Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, also costs $349.95 and comes in high-gloss black with a metal grille.
All the new models will be available for purchase on September 13. I'll let you know how the Mobile II sounds in comparison with the original as soon as I get my hands on one. I'll also compare its sound with that of Jawbone's