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.
Apple announced the AirPods in September alongside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus . Thanks to Apple having the “courage” to ditch the headphone jack , wireless headphones are an essential part of the equation for anyone buying the new iPhone.
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 .
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!