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Apple’s new device reflects their ongoing interest in creating light electronic products that customers can take anywhere. AirPods are unlike any headphones you have tried before. Their design is seamless and the technology behind them will take your breath away.
No More Wires
Regular, wired headphones are messy. They get caught in things, twisted, and pull out of our iPod Shuffle. When you go for a jog or walk on a chilly day, there are layers to consider; layers you want to take off as you warm up.
Undoing the mess is time consuming and interrupts the flow of exercise. Parents have to keep their wired headphones away from small children with a penchant for wrapping themselves and their siblings in anything long and flexible.
Little Ear Plugs with Posts
What do they look like? AirPods are like the ends of traditional ear buds.
The difference is that, where the cable would be, Apple has installed a short, stiff post. It’s about an inch long; just enough to hold the item and place it in your ear or take it out. AirPods are white to match all of your devices and so you can find them more easily than, say, black ones. A letter “L” or “R” indicates which ear to place them in. With their tiny speakers and other features, these resemble Lilliputian alien beings.
Apple AirPods can be connected to any Apple device. In fact, they automatically connect; users don’t have to turn them on. Listen to music on your iPhone. Hear alerts on your Apple Watch as you cycle. Skype mom and dad on the iPad or watch a movie on your home computer.
Apple’s virtual assistant is available from their AirPods too. All you have to do is double-tap one side of your wireless headphones and she is ready to get to work. Activate Siri and get directions to the nearest shop for a bottle of water.
Make a phone call, asking a friend to pick you up when you strain a muscle. Change your music playlist as the current one starts to bore you. Ask for louder music where traffic is noisy or lower volume along a quiet route.
AirPods can tell when the user has started talking so that background noise doesn’t come through; just your voice. When you want to listen again, AirPods know that too. They contain a special chip, the W1, which performs an unimaginable amount of work for something the size of a very small fingernail.
Talk, listen; do it all with the W1 chip. This little device contains visual sensors and a device for measuring acceleration. The W1 knows when the earphones are in your ears so they start playing then and not before. That’s not just a detail but an important energy-saving feature.
Long Battery Life
Apple conserves energy even though their battery will last 24 hours. Enjoy up to 5 hours of music after the AirPods are fully charged but use the recharging kit to keep them going. Place the AirPods in a special charging case which holds enough banked power for 24 hours of use overall. That’s a full day of listening with a few short breaks of about 15 minutes to replenish power for 3 hours. Not bad, as long as you remember to recharge the wireless charger.
You would happily reattach the wires if wireless sound was crummy, but compromise is unnecessary. Apple AirPods emit a beautiful sound. Audio quality has been optimized for anything you want to listen to: an action movie, workout music, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.
No controls are necessary to change which device you want to use. Just turn off one and turn on another and Apple AirPods connect.