Apple managed to roll out its new AirPods last week following a nearly two-month delay. Priced at $159.99 and sporting Apple’s new W1 wireless chip, Apple’s AirPods just promise to deliver a solid user experience, a best-in-class pairing process, and above all else, an impressive sound quality.
My favorite part of using Apple’s newly available AirPods is pairing them with my iPhone. Just simply open up the magnetic case near your iPhone and watch as a spinning “connect” pop-up appears. After you have paired your AirPods with phone once, flipping open the case near your phone will instantly pair them and show the battery life of both the case and the AirPods.
One of the more interesting things about Apple’s AirPods is that they’re jam-packed with all sorts of advanced technologies. For example, AirPods come equipped with the accelerometers such that the earbuds can determine when a wearer happens to be speaking. In such a scenario, this AirPods are designed to filter out background noise and specifically hone in on and transmit the sound of your voice.
These types of design touches are classic Apple, and it definitely set AirPods ahead of other truly wireless earphones we’ve seen from companies such as Samsung and Sol Republic. And the sound quality—as I have said before—is shockingly good. Highs and mids are crisp, though there is not a ton of bass.
The buds’ battery life is solid, too. Apple promises 5 hours of battery life, and the tiny case, which looks like a container of floss, doubles as a battery charger for buds, and offers another 24 hours of battery life.
How Much It Cost:
Apple’s AirPods cost $159, and were announced alongside the iPhone 7 in September this year. They represent a critical part of Apple’s mobile strategy going forward, as company begins to eschew the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack for the wireless audio.