Apple AirPods Overview Updated November 16, 2017

Apple AirPods

Apple's new wireless, cord-free earbuds

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October 2015 - November 2017


  • Wireless cord-free Bluetooth earbuds
  • 5 hours battery life
  • Charging case w/ extra 24 hours battery life on-the-go
  • Price: $159

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AirPods are Apple’s wireless, cord-free in-ear headphones, unveiled alongside the iPhone 7 on September 7, 2016. Priced at $159 they were originally announced to be available in late October, 2016 but were delayed until December 13.

They have a very similar form-factor to the company’s wired EarPods, with the obvious omission of a cable and the addition of Bluetooth connectivity. Despite this, early reports suggest that they are better at staying in your ears.

AirPods offer Apple’s latest wireless pairing system, based on a new W1 chip. They pair instantly, and that pairing propagates across all your Apple devices via iCloud. The secret sauce behind the new pairing system turned out to be all in the W1 chip in the AirPods themselves, so it works with Bluetooth LE devices all the way back to the iPhone 5.

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AirPods Stories November 16

Even a year on, Apple’s AirPods (Best Buy, eBay) are largely unrivaled. They may look a bit funny to wear, and only come in one colour, but it’s hard to argue anyone else is close to matching Apple in the truly-wireless headphone space.

AirPods are dead simple to use and intelligent enough to be helpful, without being annoying. They aren’t even expensive compared to the competition.

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AirPods Stories October 6

9to5Rewards: Customize a pair of Apple AirPods from ColorWare [Giveaway]

This week for 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away a pair of customized AirPods from ColorWare, the Minnesota-based company that specializes in custom painted products & skins.

AirPods Stories October 2

Blockbuster AirPods and Apple Watch Series 3 sales predicted for Q4

As we move into the holiday quarter, it’s no surprise that supply-chain reports predict very strong sales for two Apple products in particular: AirPods, and the Apple Watch Series 3

AirPods Stories September 21

When Apple announced its new AirPower charging mat accessory alongside the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X– the first iPhones to support wireless charging– it also casually mentioned that AirPods would get a new optional wireless charging case. But otherwise details have been slim. Can you use your old AirPods with the new charging case? Will you be able to buy the case separately or only bundled together with new AirPods? And should you hold off on buying AirPods until Apple reveals more details about the new charging case?

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AirPods Stories September 14

[Update: The rumor is even less credible based on this line on the iPhone X product page: “AirPods with wireless charging capabilities coming in 2018.”]

A new report today says that the upcoming AirPods wireless charging case will cost $69 and launch at the end of the year. However, we’re somewhat skeptical as we haven’t seen any official details from Apple and the company already charges that amount for standard replacement charging cases.

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AirPods Stories September 12

After unveiling the new wireless charging-capable iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple today showcased its new ‘AirPower’ accessory that allows users to charge all of their Apple products on a single mat…

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