Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Apple's AirPods are either genius or a complete disaster

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple's new AirPods are either genius or a disaster. After trying them out at the iPhone 7 launch, I think they might be both.

Each AirPod looks almost exactly like a regular Apple EarPod, just with the cables cut off. The bottoms of each are silver and contain the microphones. They're equipped with sensors that detect whether or not they're in your ears — take one of them out and the music pauses; put them back in and it resumes.

At least it's supposed to — the iPhone 7's and iPhone 7 Pluses I tried the AirPods out with never resumed playback when I put the units back in my ears. Buggy pre-release firmware? Perhaps. I suspect it may have to do with the shape of my ears, which have never been that friendly to Apple's EarPods: They constantly fall out, so I always use a pair of third-party earphones. Read more...

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