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Apple is finally selling the AirPods, its wireless headphones which look just like EarPods with the wires cut off. They may look odd, but they’re set to become an essential piece of kit for anyone buying an iPhone with no headphone jack. Which is every iPhone from here on out.

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Unfortunately, the AirPods weren’t quite ready for public consumption in October as expected. So, rather than release an unfinished product (like Apple Maps), Apple delayed the launch to make sure these tiny wireless earbuds will actually do what they’re designed to do.

Apple has now finally put the AirPods up for sale, and you can buy a pair from Apple.com right now. Alternatively, you can wait until next week when “limited quantities” will be made available in Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers, and select carriers.

What Do Apple AirPods Do Anyway?

Apple’s new AirPods let you listen to music, watch TV, play games, and make phone calls wirelessly via Bluetooth. They’re easy to set up, pairing with all devices signed into your iCloud account, and can be used with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even your worthless Apple Watch Your Apple Watch Is Worthless, According to Apple Your Apple Watch Is Worthless, According to Apple The Good news is Apple will now recycle your old Apple Watch for you. The bad news is Apple will not pay you a dime for your old Apple Watch. Read More .

They should last for up to five hours on a single battery charge, with the charging case allowing you to charge them up again on the move. You can also access Siri through the AirPods, enabling you to control your music, get directions, and perform any other Siri-specific tasks.

A pair of Apple AirPods (complete with charging case) will set you back $159. Which seems reasonable until you realize you’ll lose these down the back of the sofa, the toilet, and/or drains within weeks of buying them. What they need is some sort of wire attached to them…

What do you think of the Apple AirPods? Do you like the look of them? Or do you think they look ridiculous? Are you keen to buy a pair? Or do you already own a pair of perfectly good headphones, thank you very much? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Mauro Biscotti
    December 15, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Well, considering Apple's EarBuds are uncomfortable (no cushion or rubber, just hard plastic), fall out of my ears at the slightest movement and sound mediocre... I for one will not be shelling out $160 (!) for the things. This is not a reasonable price and even for Apple it's pretty outrageous.

    I did a bit of research looking for budget priced (< $50) decent quality (deep bass, non-tinny clear sound) Bluetooth earbuds for daily commuting and biking. After going through Amazon reviews and chucking the products that were swamped with probably fake gushing five star reviews I chose to go with a pair of Mpow Swift earbuds that cost less than $30. They do not disappoint. I mean they are not top of the line, but the sound is near Beats quality (yes, I wanted the boosted bass) and they stay in my ears, which is always a nice bonus ;-)

    So, $160 for a pair of crappy wireless Apple EarPods or $30 for a pair of great sounding Bluetooth earbuds from a non-descript company? A no brainer really. There are tons of Bluetooth headphones on Amazon and on Craigslist that provide better value for money than EarPods with no cord. It blows my mind that people are buying these things for $160 when wired EarPods are being sold for $10 on Craigslist.