Apple AirPods: 7 key new features explained


After a nearly two-month delay, the Apple AirPods, a set of $160 wireless earbuds that show the company's idea of a cordless audio future, are available for everyone to order.

It's a good time to freshen up our minds on what makes the AirPods special.

After all, $160 is approaching the territory of higher-end headphones, so expectations are high that these new weird-looking buds will not only connect effortlessly, but will also sound great.

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37 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

(heavily subjective comment, don't be salty) Back when Steve Jobs was alive, there was not a single Apple product that I would call ugly, but now... What the heck Jony Ive????

5. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

John isn't really designing things anymore and I think they've run out of Braun product designs to copy.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

I guess I'm the only one (and I'm fine with that) that find the design clever - it's basically made to look like regular pods with wires snipped... But with all that rech crammed into th things. On the bonus - I like the fit of my regular Apple EarPods - this would be perfect. I know it's unpopular to like Apple products here - so bring on the bombardment.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

what tech crammed in? No it isnt unpopular to like Apople products here. Its unpopular to claim what they offer is better than other option with exaggerated BS, that is unpopular. The only plus is battery-life. But that sint saying much when they dont do much. Compare the features of it to the iCon X for example. More features men=ans less battery life which can be a con. I prefer wired headphones anyways. So when I ride I carry both wired and wireless. Apple buds will just fall out my ears. makes that an automatic con that is top on my list.

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"I know it's unpopular to like Apple products here" With the number of blind Apple fanboy trolls here? I don't think so.

26. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Don't know if you like fishing but you will catch a 15 lbs big mouth bass with that quote. Guess you could put a cord or something and wear them like a necklace while not using them. But that price. Bit much for me.

2. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

well worth it.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No, they are not especially with the battery life and the features. Not to mention the sound quality, especially when there are other in ear buds that will offer higher fidelity sound like VerveOnes+, and some others. Not to mention for around $60-$80 you can buy some in ear wired Bluetooth headsets that will last 18 hours. They even provide volume controls, pause, forward and backwards. Which is missing from Apple AirPods. Also we can't forgot Bluetooth headsets which some offer noise cancellation, not to mention superior battery life, and at a cheap price than Apples AirPods. More like not worth it.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

How's the sound quality? I've heard some saying its still similar to the $25 EarPods, which IMO would be a joke You can get $5 earbuds (VE Monk Plus) that sound better than Apple's EarPods

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sheep detected!

17. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Definitely not worth it. If you buy these then you deserve them. Go ahead - jam them in your ear sphincters and "rock out" to your Bono in those Emporio Armani 9285 sunglasses. Be a douche. Merry pissmas @$$#0LE...

3. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

IMO I think these are pretty cool.

4. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

The fact they work with non Apple devices means I'm going to have to give them fair consideration.

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

all the cool features wont work with non apple devices, so basically you are paying for overpriced wireless earbuds with nothing special when with non apple paired

13. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Other completely wireless options with less battery life cost more. They are worth a try even for non apple fans.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How the hell do you figure that? There is currently a lot of other wireless options with much greater battery life than Apples AirPods. If you want small in ear buds, then 5 hours is pretty good for that type of wireless tech. However there is wired in ear buds that last 18 hours. Plus they offer more features, including better sound quality, and better music and sound controls, and at a fraction of the cost that Apple is asking. You can get some starting at $60. Also don't forget that there is Bluetooth headsets that offer better sound with noise cancellation, and they offer more features. All of which have much better battery life, than Apples AirPods. Some even offer up to 40 hours of battery life.

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You won't be able to do much with them seeing as most functions require siri

6. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

The battery and price points. The Anker NB series gets up to 8 hours and is rain proof for less than $40 and sound better than apples wired set. Samsung, Motorola and Jabra use higher quality speakers so they justify a higher price more than the air pods.

10. Unordinary unregistered

Samsungs speakers don't matter when their silly wireless headphones only last 2 hours lmao.

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Dismisses Samsung speakers because one of their products has terrible battery life. Great logic there my friend.

15. Unordinary unregistered

Blind

23. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Says the blind Apple fanboy. You can't dismiss ALL Samsung wireless earphones just because Gear IconX's battery life is terrible.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Read post 6 and it will help ypu understand posy 10.

22. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I read it, and understood it. Unordinary sounded like he is dismissing ALL Samsung wireless earphones. Get it now?

7. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'll be grabbing a pair asap. I've been looking forward to these for a while.

8. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

These are cool features, but none of that matters if they don't sound good.

25. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I'm sure they will sound good but not 160 dollars good. Got a couple cheap pairs that sound good enough for me no more then I use them. Actually like to have a wire connect the 2 so less likely to lose one of them.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

PA, it is typical that OEM's sell there own stuff higher than a reseller. I grabbed the ICon X from Verizon for 199.99 on day one of retail availbility. As far as what you get. The ICon X do way more. For one because they offer internal storage of 4GB, you dont even need a phone to use them. If you own a Galaxy, of course you get extra cool things. The ICon X have an onboard activity tracker which syncs with your Galaxy. They offer noise cancellation. They also have IR for auto-powerup when placed in ears.The noise cancellation can be turn off as well. They have a heart rate sensor too and offer splash resistance. I've conencted them to non-Galaxy products as well like my iPad Pro, Surface Pro 4 too. After initial pairing, switching to another product is just a quick tab on the device to connect. I dont think Apple's option will be any faster whether you connect to an Apple product or not. Initial pairing is still I bet take the same amountof time. Connecting to another device, still require a quick click on something. On Windows or any phone with BT, I simple click the Bt icon and connect. Apple will likely provide a shortcut that may alert you that the device you are using has detected the AirPod and ask if you want to connect. Even with this, that isnt faster. Price. 199 for the ICon X is outrageous considering its terrible 3 hour battery-life. Considering what it offers I see wht the battery drains faster. The AirPod offer none of the features the Icon X offers and cost only $30.00 less. You do get faster chargign with the AirPod, but you can't use them standalone. Using the ICon X standalone was a huge deal for me, because I can have my tunes when I go riding and never take my phone, which is why I bought the Gear S2/S3 in the first place. As expected, using Apple products with non-Apple products, means less capability and Samsung's offerign is no exception. But the fact you dont even need a phone period to use the ICon X is a huge selling point. Apple again offerign a very limited product for a ridiculous cost. I did pre-order them, but have now cancelled until at least Apple posts the frequency response time and range. The Icon X offers the same ranges as the Beats Studio, which means at least they are premium. If Apple only offers the same range as the present corded AirPods, that would be a disgrace. W1 chip cant improve sound without using a better speaker. Right now its all hype. I will wait until I can see them first and test them and compare them with my Icon X first.

31. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Sorry, but I'm not reading your novel.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So! Free country...well at least where I live.

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