Why I’m excited for AirPods

By , Oct 15, 2016


There has been a lot of takes on Apple’s new wireless headphones, the AirPods. Some people brush them off as just expensive and unnecessary. Others insist you’re going to lose them instantly. However, after Apple’s keynote, the AirPods may be what I am looking forward to most.

To start, I’m not the average person. I test out gadgets for a living, so I already have multiple pairs of Bluetooth headphones. And while I love the cordless freedom Bluetooth affords, pairing can be a nightmare. Sometimes they don’t actually go into pairing mode. Other times, I have to go the other device they are paired with, remove it, then try to re-add to my new device. When I could be listening to something on my iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac at any time, this is immensely frustrating.

Til now, there has not been a good way to actually use multiple devices like this. I specifically have different Bluetooth headphones for different devices so I don’t have to go through the process of pairing them each time. I use some over-the-ear headphones on my Mac whilst I am working, and Bragi buds when I am on my phone.

AirPods fix this giant issue. Once you open the case and pair them with your iPhone with a single tap, iCloud shares that Bluetooth profile with all your devices. There is no disconnecting, and re-pairing process. If I am walking around listening on my iPhone, I get to work and want to switch to my Mac, I simply go up to the audio selector in the menu bar and select my AirPods, and I’ve switched my audio from one to the other. That easy. I can then easily switch to my iPad when I get home, and to my Apple Watch when I want to exercise on my bike.

AirPods aren’t for everyone. The fit still isn’t universal, but that is the case for any pair of earbuds or headphones. It does seem though, again based on early hands-on reports, that they do stay in your ear quite a bit better than EarPods ever did. The “you’re going to lose them” argument also seems silly. Why did no one say that about the Dash? Or Earin? Or the Jabra Elite Sport?


Luckily, what I thought was my biggest issue with AirPods (I even said so in the video), is not an issue. That is the ability to listen to one EarPod by itself. Audio quality is also something to consider. But most people aren’t audiophiles and are perfectly fine with the beats put out by EarPods, however shallow it may sound. From early reports, It looks like AirPods may be slightly better which should do just fine.

The big advantage, as it often is for Apple, is the fact no one else can do this. They have the merger of software and hardware and no other company can create that slide up card on the iPhone when you go to pair them. Or use iCloud to share the profile. Which means if you want AirPods biggest benefit, you have to choose them over any of the competition. Or one of the other Beats products with a W1 chip inside.

I love my new iPhone 7, and my shiny new Apple Watch. But how easily the AirPods can fix a problem that has plagued me since I switched to Bluetooth headphones makes them the most exciting thing, for me, from Apple’s iPhone announcement.

AirPods price availability

We will see the new AirPods start shipping at the end of October, hopefully alongside a new MacBook Pro refresh.

Let me know your thoughts (nicely!) down in the comments below. Are you going to be picking up a pair? Or are you going to stick to your existing wired headphones? Or can you forgive the Bluetooth issues for better quality sound or fit?

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  • OWashe

    I am excited to try them too

    • Me too!

      • tariq

        If you do a review on them. Please check and see if you can use 1 airpod at a time. Cuz that way u can get twice the battery life. Thanks @Anthony

      • Timothy

        They said you can, in this very article.

      • tariq

        My bad. I missed it. Thanks!

      • jaysoncopes

        From my understanding, it should also automatically switch into mono audio mode when you only have one earphone in, meaning that it will play both left and right tracks for you whether or not you have in both earphones.

  • Ninja Ass

    I love airpods idk why ppl hate it how they lost it

    • Jack Wong

      People always like to pick a bone from a chicken, which is very easy.

      I would tell them why don’t you create something that I/others would pay you a premium price.

      • Rowan09

        The Samsung airport costs $200 and does less than this one, so at $149 I really don’t see why this is considered premium.

      • Jack Wong

        My last 2 BT earbuds are both less than 100. The one I’m using now is Anker, it’s only 25.

        Then someone will post I’m using Xxx brand and its 300+, I don’t see 200 is considered as premium.

      • george

        Um no, the Samsung ones are for fitness and actually have features. What are you smoking?

      • Rowan09

        Please tell me the features because my wife has it?

      • george

        Um 4gb storage 1k songs, activity monitor, heart rate monitor??? The airpods don’t do anything besides connect to an apple product easily.

      • Rowan09

        It does not have a heart rate monitor and how are they useful features besides 4Gb for storing music? If I go for a run I bring my phone and wireless headphones and with IconX you also need a phone which will track all those features you mentioned making all those things on the headphone useless without a phone. The Air Pods were never said to be for fitness.

      • george

        It does have a heart rate monitor, do some research.

    • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

      I don’t like em they’ll have shit bass and earbuds all fall out of my ears plus the airpods are over half the price of the solo3s which I think are way more worth it better bass better battery life more material so better value and they’re available in colors

      • Jerwyn Feria

        isn’t the casing a battery pack for the airpods itself. so wouldn’t that allow it to always be charged when pulled out of its case? its not like when your not using the solo3s, they are charging, you require it plug it into a battery pack or powered usb outlet to charge them. if you add different color into the mix, would that be an apple thing or a beats thing? anyways isn’t the money going into the same place. airpods require any size pocket to fit in, solo3 requires big pockets for them to fit in. if you are arguing about the design and price differences. i would also say your argument would be much better if you used the beatsX instead of the solo3s cause your comparing an on ear vs an in ear headset product.

      • Docservlet

        What do you mean “they’ll have shit bass and earbuds all fall out of my ears”. Not sure how you know this without trying them. Also, most reviews I read say they stay in place just fine.

        The Solo 3 is a completely different conversation than the airpods. You can’t compare the 2. For PREMIUM bluetooth headsets like bose, sennheiser etc most people are forking out OVER 150 bucks for ONE earpiece. These airpods are a deal.

  • racerhomie2

    I love them

    • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

      Why they’re overpriced trash u can buy the new solo3 for only like $140 more u get better bass which is important for me bc I only listen to rap they’re harder to lose plus earbuds always fall out of my canals and solo3s have much better battery life and are available in colors

      • Y2J: Keeper of the List

        Dude we all know you don’t like them you’ve commented like 19 times about it, get over it not everyone is asking for your opinion

      • Vince Reedy

        You could also use a period or 2

      • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

        I’m lazy

      • mickey

        You’re comparing on ear headphones to wireless earbuds. Your argument is trash.

      • Docservlet

        Nonsense. You can’t compare the size of the Solo 3 to the airpods. They are 2 completely different applications. No one wants to lug around the Solo 3s throughout their workday.

      • jaysoncopes

        “I only listen to rap” holy crap you must be so gangsta. Please, go listen to your over-bassed music on another blog that actually cares about uneducated opinions.

  • Did you say you can’t use only one airpod?

    • wongnog

      Yeah I’m pretty sure in the keynote they explained you can remove one airpod and still listen to music or phone conversation with the other airpod.

    • He did say that in the video but corrected himself in the post. You can listen to one airpod at a time

  • iBanks

    I’m surely getting sets for myself and my lady.

  • Rickey Woods

    they need to hurry up and ship them geez

    • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

      Why they suck they’re gonna have terrible bass earbuds always fall out of my ears they have much worse battery life than solo3s and they’re over half the price for less material terrible bass

  • Favna

    Honestly I’m really not sure if I’ll end up getting them. I currently have a bluetooth headset but it was a really really cheap thing that has a lot of sound delay when watching videos (as in, the mouth movement and sound are horribly out of sync) and I never really liked being corded to my phone at all. One thing is for sure however, I will be trying them out in an Apple Store before I purchase them – unlike a purchase of a new iPhone that I easily order online without breaking a sweat.

    • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

      Just buy the solo3s that’s what I’m doing

      • Blip dude

        Why buy the Solos when you can just get the studios for better value?? Also, not everyone listens to rap. When I actually want to listen to Classical or Jazz Beats aren’t exactly the greatest.

      • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

        Maybe bc the studios haven’t been updated to have W1 yet and battery life isn’t as good

    • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

      The solo3 do everything the airpods will do and more and they do it better the solo3 r the first device on the market with the W1 and they have better bass (important bc I only listen to rap) better battery life much bigger more material= better value especially since both are primarily plastic and they’re available in multiple colors whereas airpods are white only

  • Vondrook4

    I’m just worried about sound quality. I firmly believe that foam tips are the best kind of in-ear headphones, because they create a seal and actually give you bass. I’ve never liked Apple headphones, but the pairing convenience like you said, is the coolest feature.

    • I’m really not expecting them to sound any better than the EarPods that are already in the box with your iPhone. Some early reviews said they didn’t even sound as good as the wired counterparts.

      • [RECON1]

        But don’t you always lose sound quality over Bluetooth anyways?

      • No. But since bluetooth headsets can’t use the iPhones amplifier or DAC, and have to include batteries and wireless components all while competing with ultra cheap wired sets it’s easy to see why many manufacturers skimp on components. Unfortunately if the Amp or DAC are subpar your audio quality plummets fast. And most bluetooth headsets don’t have high quality components unless you are willing to spend hundreds on them.

      • M_thoroughbred

        I’m with ya. I get the tech inside these earphones but at the end of the day if the sound is the same as the ones that come with the iPhone cause that is what’s about, the sound

  • Matt

    My next pair of headphones will have a W1 chip in them. I’m actually hoping Apple licenses it, but it’s what I’m basing my purchase off.

    • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

      The best option is probably the solo3 rn and even when the airpods come out

    • Lit

      Is it patented? If not, I’m hoping all companies acquire it so we can do away with bluetooth audio if it truly is superior.

      • I’m sure it is, but hopefully just like lightning connectors it will be something that Apple licenses out. If not, someone will have cloned it by next year and everyone will be offering it anyways.

      • Matt

        I’m sure it is. Just like lightning. Keep in mind, you can’t do away with Bluetooth. The w1 chip simply aids the Bluetooth connection. With all that said, the Base QC35 are still calling my name.

  • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

    I’m not I’m getting the solo3 instead they have better bass(important bc I only listen to rap) better battery life bigger (to me more material is better value) they’re only like $140 more and they’re available in colors(I’m getting rose gold to match my 6s+) and are harder to lose

    • Vince Reedy

      You have completely ruined the comment section for this post. Go buy the solo3s and leave us alone.

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  • AMB_07

    Not excited, i’m going to stick to wired for now.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Cook said the earpods would not fall off while doing activity… lies

  • mwpitt52

    Going to wait and look at Beats X with new Apple chip. The AirPods look to goofy and the Solo 3 too cheap.

    • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

      Beats X? Really they’re like half the price of the solo3 and the solo3 look premium they just don’t feel it plus the beats X have a cord btwn them which could get annoying

      • Vince Reedy

        I may just buy you solo3s so you’ll shut up

      • Bacillus

        You repeated yourself 3x now about ye solo3.
        Please put down the volume (or do they cause memory stress ?)

  • Its daimn expensive

    • Docservlet

      No actually it’s not relative to other premium bluetooth devices.

      • I will not pay 160 $ for that
        I know its great and everything but still too much for me
        Thanks for the heads up

  • Endriu Andrei

    What about bluetooth effects on health ?

    • Docservlet

      BT LE is very low energy. You’re actually better off using bluetooth than holding the phone to your ear.

  • James G

    Did somebody say solo 3 yet….? lol

    • Jerwyn Feria

      haha you don’t even know the half of it yet.

      • James G

        Oh I do. I read through the comments. Hence the joke. lol

  • Jon20

    Wish they came in Black. Hope they do.

  • tforet

    Can’t wait to try them

  • tforet

    Looking forward to trying Air Pods out.

  • Rook HD

    wish it had playback control tho. I don’t like the idea of talking to Siri to do such simple tasks like skipping to next song.

  • Valinor

    I’m one of those haters. You know why I dont like them?
    The sound quality is the same as the wired pods. So basically your paying a premium price for 10 dollar earpods.
    Also anyone who used the normal earpods know how easy they fall out. Most other wireless earpods are in-ear and we all know thats a tighter fit with less chance to fall out.
    Maybe these will be a bit better than the normal earpods because of the longer bottom part but still, all you need is your hand of bag accidentally hitting your ear and they are gone. In-ears are not that easy to fall out.
    They should have made an in-ear version, then I would have been more excited.

    • Jerwyn Feria

      Chloe Elizabeth Wade… This guy had made his argument
      1. better comparison to “other” headsets that possibly in the same class as Airpods.
      2. explain with an example of how easily you could lose the product.
      3. Used others as a collective thought to argue that the EarPods easily falls of the ear.
      4. made a suggestion best for maybe even apple to see.
      5. Made an argument in one comment.

  • Johnny

    Nah toooooo short batterylife in thoose ugly pods.
    Ill stick to my LG tone ultras
    14 hours of music on one charge
    Thank you very much for that

  • Jerry

    Yeah ok dude

  • Volerikan

    When I’m not using my iMac as a personal computer, I’m using it as a media center controlling it with my Apple TV remote from across the room. Would be nice to easily connect the AirPods to my iMac so I don’t disturb the neighbors with my Netflix binge.

  • This article seems to overlook the fact that with these headphones you’ll be more tethered to your phone than with any other headphones due to there not being any easy way to input commands outside of using Siri. I naturally expect this huge factor to be brushed off and nonchalantly excused. I mean isnt it the main reason we use Bluetooth can headphones so we don’t have to pull our phones out as much?

  • lou111

    These could be the best Apple product of this year. But… In situation when minijack is removed… AirPods Should be a part of the iPhone 7 as standard, not an 150$ option.

  • jay

    not really excited about that. looks is wired and there is really nothing wow on them like store your music on them and go for a run no heart rate monitor… others they have that already

  • Gastón

    Headphones that need to be charged?
    Watches that need to be charged?

    What’s next for Marketing geniuses?

    Thanks, but I’ll stick to my Bose and Casio.

  • Sleetui

    Do you need to update to iOS 10 or can you use it on older devices?