Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is reporting that Apple has plans for some AirPods updates. If you've held off on purchasing the little Apple earrings because of connectivity or water resistance concerns, it's time to get excited.
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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.
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.
With the Pixel 2, Google joined Apple in the race to kill the headphone jack. But you can't kill the jack if you don't have a solid wireless solution to fall back on. Which is why, on Wednesday, Google announced that its doing a riff on one of the Apple's coolest features, the seamless pairing of phones to Bluetooth headphones like the Apple Airpods. Now you should be able to pair your new Google headphones to your Android device with a tap.
Apple crushed a big problem when it released the AirPods. Companies had been trying -- and failing -- to build truly wireless earbuds for years. But then Apple showed up and was like, "Here they are!" Now, it's Bose's turn. The new SoundSport Free wireless earbuds are sleek, powerful, and dependable. The Bose buds can do things that the AirPods can't. They're also $US250.
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.
Today, Apple announced the iPhone 7. It doesn't have a headphone jack. In a few years, you won't care.
It’s official. Tim Cook himself got up on stage and introduced Phil Schiller who presented the iPhone 7, sans 3.5mm audio jack. In its place we got something much better: freedom.
Of course I don’t mean freedom in a Braveheart sense, or the release-from-prison-after-a-decade-of-incarceration kind of freedom. Instead, Apple has paved the way -- once again -- for the direction that the consumer electronics industry is sure to follow.