Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus along with Apple Watch Series 2. Along with these, Apple also launched an all new gadget, the AirPods, which are a pair of wireless in-ear headphones. The AirPods are designed specially for the new iPhones. The Apple AirPods will be priced at US $159 (approx INR 15,400) and will be available from October.
The AirPods are powered by Apple’s new W1 chip, the company’s first wireless chip, which enable quick pairing and connectivity with the iPhone. The earphones are completely wire-free, with separate ear buds that are not connected to each other physically. The headset also features dual optical sensors and accelerometers in each ear bud which work with the W1 chip which detect when the headphones are in your ears and only play when you’re ready to listen. Double-tapping the AirPods enables Siri, and the microphone is designed to focus on voice and filter out external sound.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing said,” AirPods are the first headphones to deliver a breakthrough wireless audio experience, and with the new Apple W1 chip they deliver innovative features including high quality sound, great battery life and automatic setup.” He further added,” AirPods are simple and magical to use, with no switches or buttons, automatically connecting to all your Apple devices simply and seamlessly, and letting you access Siri with just a double tap. We can’t wait for users to try them with iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.”
The AirPods are said to deliver up to five hours of battery life on a single charge, and simply need to be inserted into the charging case to begin charging. Apple claims that the case can hold additional charge, letting you go for up to 24 hours of usage without access to a power outlet. The case also ensures easy pairing. It’s worth noting that the AirPods are not solely-Bluetooth powered, instead using a ‘Bluetooth-like’ technology developed by Apple. You can also use the AirPods with your MacBook, however, you need to update your MacBook with the latest iOS.