Apple's AirPods were unveiled alongside the iPhone 7 on September 7, 2016. The wireless earbuds were introduced due the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack and a as step towards Apple's "wireless future." While the AirPods were designed because of the iPhone 7 they were not specifically designed for the new iPhone. Unfortunately, the AirPods only support the iPhone 5 or higher running iOS 10 and later, and they will not support earlier devices like the iPhone 4s.
Apple's AirPods are powered by Apple's custom-designed Apple W1 chip which promises to "manage battery life." This allows 5 hours on a single charge. The AirPods also ship with a charging case that offers an additional 24 hours of listening time. A 15 minute charge in the case will give you an additional 3 hours of listening time.
Apple finally revealed the iPhone 7 at its September 7th keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco, CA, but instead of the normal excitement over new hardware, the Internet quickly responded to Apple's new $159 AirPods. It turned out the rumor mill was once again correct, and Apple decided to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of more space and moving towards a “wireless" future. This means the standard EarPods and other wired-headphones of the past will not work with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. Apple also introduced a pair of wireless AirPods as a new accessory to their mobile products.
The AirPods resemble two dongles that you wear in your ears. They automatically sync with any compatible iOS device, and can sense when you're wearing them and when you're not. They also come equipped with Apple's custom-designed Apple W1 chip, which promises " better connection and improved sound."
iPhone owners have already taken to Twitter and Facebook to complain about the AirPods, which won't be released until December.
The Apple AirPod release date is late October, 2016.
AirPods feature a proprietary W1 chip designed by Apple to optimize battery life, audio quality and connection strength. The headphones offer 5 hours of battery life and include a charging case with a 24 hour battery life capacity.
Owners of Apple AirPods may be wondering if they are fully Bluetooth compatible. After all, other wireless headphones can connect to a variety of audio devices using a standard pairing process.