Here is some good news for iOS mobile users, especially those who already own the headphone jack-less iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and are looking to get hold of wireless earphones -- Apple’s AirPods are made available to order from the tech giant’s Online Store. One can also purchase AirPods from Apple and Best Buy, with shipping dates expected some time next year.
It took several delays before Apple’s wireless headphones were finally on sale. When the AirPods were first made available from Apple’s Online Store a few hours ago, the indicated shipping dates were before Christmas day. But after about an hour, the earpieces are no longer available for Christmas shipping. For those who are based in the United States, they can now expect delivery to be on December 29th or at a later date. The tech giant has since announced that the AirPods will be made available at Apple retail outlets starting next week.
Apple is positioning its AirPods as true wireless headphones, and they are in more ways than one. The earpieces do not have any connecting wires at all, and each earbud is equipped with its own battery and antenna, and is able to communicate independently of the other. The battery of each AirPod can last up to five hours of nonstop use. The AirPods are sold with a carrying case, which can also be used to charge the batteries.
Because the AirPods are fitted with proximity sensors, they can detect for themselves if they are placed into or taken out of the user’s ears. This gives the headphones the unique advantage of being able to pause automatically when they are removed. And even though the AirPods do not come with any physical buttons, users can double tap the stalks in order to enable Siri, and then tell the digital assistant what to do by way of an integrated microphone.
Another thing that makes the AirPods cool is that they make full use of Apple’s W1 tech. Basically, this allows the headphones to automatically pair with an iPhone, an iPad, or even an Apple Watch. Moreover, the AirPods are automatically synced over iCloud, which means that other iOS powered mobile devices will be able to recognize any AirPod in proximity. As for operation with other accessories (like the Apple TV), the headphones communication by way of regular Bluetooth connections.
AirPods are sold in the US ($159) and other countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Japan, UAE, and the United Kingdom.
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