There was always something off about the Pixel Buds. Google released the smart, wireless headphones a full year after Apple released the AirPods. But the Pixel Buds aren't exactly wireless, and they're not exactly smart, either. In fact, after spending a few days with the product, I'm prepared to say it: the Pixel Buds suck.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
When I first heard the pitch for the Sony WF-1000X, I thought I was hearing it wrong. Sony made a new set of wireless earbuds that aren't just completely wireless -- they also employ active noise-cancelling tech. This is a first for the wireless earbud industry, and let me be the first to tell you: It's kind of awesome.
Apple doesn't release new products very often, but when it does, people pay attention. In fact, it's probably safe to say that the gadget gurus at Sony were taking notes. The Japanese company just announced two products that could safely be called ripoffs of Apple's newest products: a slick set of wireless earbuds and a smart home speaker.
Have you ever thought "my wireless earphones are just too big?" Have you ever thought "man, I wish my headphones told me their battery life whenever I switched them on?" Have you ever thought "I wish I could listen to all my music through one earphone, so I don't need to wear both?" Apple's new AirPods solve a lot of these problems. Problems I'm not entirely sure needed to be solved, but problems nonetheless.
Apple's AirPods are pretty cool. They're miniscule and work very well, even if they do look like the head of an electric toothbrush. But if you don't like Apple gear, there are alternatives out there that do the same thing. Sometimes these tiny wireless in-ears are referred to as 'hearables', but whatever you want to call them we've got a list of three of our favourites -- all completely wireless, and all with their own tiny charging cases.
When they were first announced in September, it was obvious that AirPods were Apple's attempt to distract everyone from the iPhone's lack of a headphone jack. At $229 in Australia, AirPods are Apple's version of truly wireless earphones, a gadget lots of companies have been trying to perfect with varying degrees of success. No one disagrees that wireless is the future, the big question is what company will finally manage to make a truly wireless earbud that is comfortable, affordable, and worth using over more traditional wireless headphones. After two months of delays, AirPods are finally shipping.
Virtual reality finally arrived. Self-driving cars started wandering streets and past red lights. SpaceX aborted a rocket launch four times within a week. Samsung started strong with the Galaxy S7 and finished with the Note7 nuking itself into orbit while you slept.
We had new graphics cards, and most of them were pretty damn good. Consoles broke the mould by releasing new hardware mid-cycle and becoming more like PCs than ever before. And, unsurprisingly, we found out once again that Einstein really knew his shit.
It's been a big year for tech. Let's break down this year's biggest moments.
Apple's AirPods have been plagued by delays after they were announced alongside the iPhone 7 earlier this year, and now we might finally know exactly why.
I had high hopes for Sol Republic's new Amps Air truly wireless earbuds. Sol Republic has a long history of making low-priced gear that sounds pretty good, and with Apple's AirPods delayed for the next little while, the Amps Air earbuds could be a good alternative, especially since they sell for just $US180, with a special $US150 promo price. And then I put them in my ears.
Back in September, Apple promised us that AirPods would be released at the end of October. Well, it's the end of October. Where the hell are our AirPods? Not in your ears, that's for sure.
Apple's attempt to convince us that a headphone jack-less iPhone 7 wasn't a terrible thing created a whole new uproar when it became clear how easy it would be to lose the new $229 wireless AirPods. But don't worry, there's an easy solution to that problem too: A $US10 ($13) wire that negates all that inconvenient wirelessness.
Apple finally went through with it. It killed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. In its place, you can use headphones that connect to the Lightning port. But Apple thinks the future is wireless headphones. And AirPods are its vision for that future.
Today, Apple announced the iPhone 7. It doesn't have a headphone jack. In a few years, you won't care.