How good are Apple's AirPods and will they appeal to buyers?

Bluetooth wireless audio products have always been eye-catching accessories but no major phone-maker has ever used the technology as a mainstream feature, until Apple broke the trend last night.

Apple's new AirPods offer a great new way for people to enjoy quality music on the go without having to fiddle with wires or damaging them while travelling.

AirPods, based on advanced wireless Bluetooth technology, are of the same size as Apple's traditional EarPods but lack the wires which keep you connected with your iPhone or iPad. Once fully charged, these AirPods can let you listen to music wirelessly for five hours but if you are carrying the portable case along, you will be able to recharge the AirPods for a much longer usage. The maximum life of the AirPods, including boost provided by the case, is 24 hours and Siri will let you know about the battery status if you ask her about it.

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Featuring revolutionary W1 chips, AirPods come with voice accelerometers with noise cancellation, letting you give crisp voice commands to your connected iPhone or Apple Watch without interference from external sounds. Thanks to a range of sensors, the AirPods are also programmed to start playing music or pause them whenever you put the AirPods in or out of your ears, thus conserving battery life and also saving you from putting in the effort of playing and pausing music manually.

To use AirPods, you must own a phone running iOS 10 or an Apple Watch running WatchOS 3, including the latest ones. The device is light, offers better music quality compared to traditional EarPods, lets you move away from your iPhone while using them and connects automatically with your Apple devices without requiring any setup process.

AirPods look like a great start made by Apple in the wireless field. In the course of time, upgraded versions of the accessory may feature longer battery lives, better design, enhanced audio quality and better range and connectivity. What's even better is that you will be able to use Apple's wireless technology to connect many other wireless earphones or headphones to your iPhones if you don't like the look or feel of the AirPods.

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Twitter has been abuzz with what the AirPods mean for Apple's product line and how they make the latest iPhones must-have products. However, a particular concern has dominated interactions and it is how easily AirPods can be lost by users while travelling, running or doing their daily chores. Some analysts have suggested that the AirPods don't fit some ear types very well and may slip off while being used, and this may alert a lot of users who are looking to experience the £159 accessory from late October.

We do agree with that and also with the fact that Apple didn't launch a Find My AirPods feature which could help users trace their expensive wireless earbuds. All that users can do is to be as careful as they can be with AirPods and to store them inside portable cases as it'll be very easy for anyone to pluck it out of your ear when you're in a crowded area like the Tube or a market. AirPods will, as such, be risky to own but if you're planning to use them more at home or in your work cabin rather than outside, you'll have a great chance of not losing them or damaging them.

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