The first totally wireless headphones are available at an attractive street price of around 130 euros and they’re the perfect Christmas gift for your dear ones!
The time of a single piece of wireless hardware for each ear came in September 2016 alongside the iPhone 7. It was a dream come true. The software structure needed to perfectly syncronize the audio between the two pods to play at the exact same time required a fine tuning that delayed the dayone, pushing it towards the end of the year.
The Airpods come with a case to store and protect them and doubles as a charging station. Infact there’s a little battery inside that charges the Airpods as soon as you insert them. You can charge this battery trough the same Lightning cable (included in the box) that you use for your iPhone and iPad. The pairing with your devices, thanks to the W1 Chip proximity sensor, is super easy. Set the pairing mode by pushing a little button in the back of the case and put it next to the iPhone/iPad/Mac, a popup will automatically appear and…done. Once you pair with the first device you don’t need to repeat the procedure. The Airpods will be associated with your Apple ID and automatically connect.
How do you know the exact charge of the Airpods and the case? The three indicators can be found in the Bluetooth section of your Mac and in your widget area (swipe right from the springboard) of your iPhone.
The design language follows the preference for the white color as other accessories, charger, cables. It also doesn’t differ from the 2012 cabled earphones Earpods. Back then Apple displayed the researches it made to find a shape compatible with all the different ear’s shapes. Apparently the results are still valid so basically they have just a longer stem to accomodate the battery
Audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out. The audio quality is good thanks to the Dual beamforming microphones, at the beginning of the reproduction there’s an annoying buzz but it doesn’t last for long. There are no buttons and to adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, or even get directions, just double-tap to activate Siri.
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