How about Jet Black AirPods?

By , Dec 30, 2016

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If it hadn’t been for the new gloss and matte black color options, this year’s iPhone 7 refresh would have admittedly been underwhelming as most buyers are not eager to buy the same basic handset design for three years in a row. Which begs the question of Jet Black AirPods you’ve been dreaming about.

Colors are important and no matter how you look at it, black-clad AirPods would perfectly compliment the superior sheen of Jet Black iPhone 7. Well, earlier this month Dutch artist Martin Hajek took it upon himself to imagine what a pair of AirPods done in black would look like.

There’s nothing stopping Apple from releasing Jet Black AirPods once its suppliers ramp up production and meet demand. After all, the company is rumored to release a new Jet White color option for iPhone 7 series that could re-ignite sales (here are some mockups to give you something to drool about).

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But on the other hand, AirPods are a different animal.

Since the original iPod introduction fifteen years ago, those white earbuds quickly became the unmistakable sign of the Apple user. That’s because before the iPod came along, the vast majority of headphone cords were black.

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Simply coloring the headphone cord in Apple’s signature snow white was enough to create something of a cultural phenomenon.

“Telltale white earbuds indicate to passersby that the bearer ascribes to certain notions of coolness and style,” evolutionary behavioral scientist Gad Saad wrote in his 2011 piece titled “Evolutionary Psychology in the Business Sciences”.

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Apple knew exactly what it was doing.

The iPod’s release was followed with a memorable five-year advertising campaign which highlighted—you guessed right—the white earbuds. Fast forward to today and many headphones from other manufacturers are also white so Apple probably lost some of its brand recognition associated with all-white earbuds.

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At the end of the day, Apple has succeeded in proving that a simple color change can do miracles in terms of sales, brand recognition and coolness factor. With that in mind, giving customers the option between all-white and gloss black AirPods may very well prove to be a smart decision to make.

What do you guys think? Will Apple go down this route in the interest of boosting sales and giving AirPods buyers more choices?

Source: Martin Hajek

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  • n0ahcruz3

    Now that’s a beaut.. still wouldn’t buy em tho

    • Docservlet

      I’d buy 10.

      • John Smith

        Filthy reseller /s

  • Thiago Vg

    Meh, I don’t know, it doesn’t look like an Apple product. Maybe because all other headsets from Samsung and other companies are in black finish.

    • george

      So you’d rather look like an idiot.

      • Thiago Vg

        I’d rather pass on this overpriced tech, how about that.

      • Kris

        Why would a colour make you look like an idiot?

      • george

        White airpods stand out way too much. Looks stupid.

  • Jet Black would help you distinguish it from Dental Floss.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      damn right! I’ve been saying “oh hey you got the new apple dental floss” to everyone that showed me it lol

  • fiiiiine

    Love my AirPods, and yes, I always wanted black ones. Less noticeable. The white ones look a bit goofy since they’re so long and noticeable.

  • GeneMaster

    what about functionality instead of color: sound control is terrible and require Siri and internet access to work, or to take iPod Touch/iPhone out of pocket. What about the ability to locate each AirPods instead of a discount for a replacement (not environment-friendly)

    • Kzboi

      Yeah because they didn’t think of any of that yet. Easier said than done.

    • isitjustme

      A black one will be a nightmare when you drop it in the dark.
      I believe when they include introduce AR feature in iOS looking for a loss item will be much easier, ok I wouldn’t know how they can do it like many saying why don’t they do this or that.

    • I’ve been controlling the sound with the volume buttons on the side of my iPhone for days and I haven’t had any problems. I also really don’t have to worry about Internet issues because my iPhone is connected to a cellular network and gives me Internet access just about everywhere ever walk. But that’s just my 2¢.

  • Jon20

    These are what I’m waiting for (except the Gold tips). Black would just look so much better

  • I’d rock them.

  • Ric D

    I’m happy with my Black colored Powerbeats 3 I prefer battery life and fitment over AirPods IMO.

  • askep3

    Considering that other brands have all sorts of colors now, this black color would be a lifesaver for the AirPods, it just looks so good. Also they don’t need color to differentiate the AirPods, their weird look is enough, and instead of hurting them the black can make the weird design look good in a cool understated way.

  • Andres

    When does pre order open lol

  • At first when they were announced I wanted jet black, now that I have them… it makes sense they are white. Apple never released different color pods previously so starting now didn’t make much sense. However, going full wireless on the next phone or two would have me wondering why not offer different color choices.

  • burge

    Product RED.

  • Bacillus

    That ashaming piece of Oral-B propoganda hanging out of all ears should come in every possible skin color.
    And yes, roughly 30% of the nation is black.
    Maybe if they need to get out of the Apple space dish (no, they are’nt in there yet but their state of mind….) and start getting a life…

  • ChloeWade

    They’re definitely not making me drool bass to synthetic and don’t fit my ears I’ll just keep my superior solo3

  • William Melendez

    I would buy a second pair in a heartbeat. Love those things.

  • Martynet

    I would love them, but they lack the basic headset functionality, which is changing volume and skipping songs. And they don’t sound that great also. Maybe AirPods 2 ?

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