As expected, Apple has killed the headphone jack from its upcoming iPhone 7.
In its place, it is offering two options.
The first is wired earbuds that connect through the Lighting port.
The second is a potential game-changer: wild new wireless earbuds called AirPods.
AirPods sound as if they have a bunch of amazing technology like noise-cancellation and a new wireless chip that Apple says solves all the things that people hate about using wireless earbuds.
They know when you are using them, and they just connect – no fuss, no mess.
But people on Twitter have noticed a few potential flaws with the AirPods. They use Apple’s classic earpiece design that can cause the earbuds to falls out of people’s ears, especially during exercise.
Apple seems to realize this, because it also introduced a line of Beats wireless headphones that uses the same chip, including an updated pair of Beats designed for exercise. So it looks as though Apple’s options are a bud that tends to fall out or the Beats over-the-ear headphones.
People watching the Apple event have noticed and complained:
My guess: the wireless AirPods won’t stay in some ears. Fortunately, 2 new Beats earbuds have ear hooks for people like me. #appleEvent
— David Pogue (@Pogue) September 7, 2016
AirPods. The soon-to-be most lost item of 2016 #AppleEvent
— Matthew Santoro (@MatthewSantoro) September 7, 2016
— D C (@AppSapp) September 7, 2016
— Bobby Singh (@thebobbydeoll) September 7, 2016
The other odd thing is battery life. The pods are good for five hours, and the case is also a charger, so it extends battery life to 24 hours. But that means you have to keep the case with you and not lose it, either.
I need to invent a convenient carrying case for airpods. Like a necklace or something lol
— co (@_cmervin) September 7, 2016
Finally, people don’t seem too happy about the price: $159.
AirPods are practically a steal at only $79.50 per ear!
— not Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) September 7, 2016
Courage is buying the $159 Apple Air Pods and then going home to tell your spouse what you bought and for how much. #AppleEvent
— Richard Hay (@WinObs) September 7, 2016
By the way, “courage” is on its way to becoming a meme because Phil Schiller, an Apple senior vice president, said at the event that he was defending the removal of the earphone jack with “one word: courage.”
— Jared Petty (@pettycommajared) September 7, 2016