The newly announced Apple AirPods are basically EarPods without wires, but they are also much more than that. Read on to know what’s new with AirPods.
Apple earphones have become more of a fashion statement than just a medium to listen to music. They were first paired with the Apple iPod, which is what made the earphones so iconic.
Now though, Apple has ditched the wires and come up with the new AirPods. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus no longer feature a headphone jack, which is why you might be interested in the Apple AirPods. These are, however, not included with the new iPhone, and you will have to buy them separately.
Apple AirPods: Wireless Music
Design and Build
The AirPods are just like any other truly wireless pair of Bluetooth earphones, but you do get some cool features.
When we say that the AirPods are just EarPods without the wires, it is really what we mean. They look exactly the same from the outside, without the wires of course, but there’s plenty of new tech inside.
Apple has included a brand new W1 chip inside the AirPods, which allows for uninterrupted transmission of sound and connectivity. Hence, they provide better quality sound than the EarPods and many other wireless earphones.
The earbuds also include an accelerometer, an infrared sensor, and touch sensitivity. It knows when you’ve placed them in your ear and automatically starts to play music. Remove them and the music stops so you get the best battery life.
The Microphone is located in the beam and cancels out all other noise, except your voice. You can also use Siri with the new AirPods. Simply double tap on either of the earbuds to launch Siri and start commanding or ask questions.
Connectivity the AirPods to your iPhone, Apple Watch or Mac is super simple. You don’t have to go to Settings and enable anything. It all happens with a single tap.
Simply open the cradle that the AirPods come in, and your iPhone, Watch or Mac will automatically detect them. Tap on ‘Connect’ to start using the earphones.
The AirPods are always synced to all your devices using iCloud, and can be easily moved between your iPhone, Watch or Mac. No need to pair them again, just start using your Watch or Mac and you can immediately start listening to music or take calls.
You can also use the AirPods with other devices by connecting via Bluetooth. However, the pairing process won’t be a simple tap with other devices.
According to Apple, the AirPods can provide up to 5 hours of battery life with a single charge. And the charging mechanism is pretty cool as well.
Place the AirPods in the given carry case and they’ll automatically start to charge. The Case can provide up to 24 hours of charge before it runs out, too. 15 minutes in the cradle can give you up to 3 hours of usage on the AirPods.
What Happens If You Lose An AirPod?
This question is in all our minds. The EarPods were very known to fall out of an ear thanks to Apple’s approach of ‘One size fits all.’ NO! It doesn’t. Apple has done the same with the AirPods, so we’re going to be hearing a lot of complaints about people losing their Pods. So what happens if you lose one? Well, Apple says that you can purchase an extra AirPod, but you can only get one and not a pair. Ummm, alright.
Price and Availability
The Apple AirPods will be priced at $159, which aren’t that bad for truly wireless earphones. Some of the competitive products are well over this price range. But, they also have better features. As for availability, you will be able to purchase the AirPods some time in October, most likely the last week.
So, what do you think of the new Apple AirPods? Will you be getting them? To learn more, head to the official Apple website.