Along with Apple officially announcing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last week, the company also unveiled a new music and audio accessory - the AirPods. It is basically a pair of EarPods that went wireless and more enhanced. These new generation earpods are connected to iOS and Mac devices via its Apple-built W1 wireless chip embedded inside the AirPods. Yes it can also work with other non-Apple Bluetooth devices, but of course some cool features won't work.
In addition to listening content wirelessly with your Apple made gadgets, the AirPods will also allow you to interact with your iPhones through Siri as well as talking on the phone seamlessly. What's special about these AirPods is that the built-in sensor that detects the AirPods when placed in the earns and will auto-stream audio from whatever Apple device you are currently using. When you take them off your ears, the audio stream will be back to the main device without you being required to do anything, it's automatic.
Switching Apple devices using the AirPods is promised to be a lot smoother as the pairing will be much convenient, I heard you won't be needing to key in any pairing code in the devices as well. Then it will connect or switch automatically to whatever iOS device you are currently using, whether it is an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. The connectivity transition between these devices using the AirPods will be like magic as they say. I am pretty excited to see how this particular feature works in real world situation.
Each of the EarPod packs up to 5 hours of battery life. They come in their own casing where you can charge them through and that also doubles as a powerbank of itself. The case on the other hand can last up to 24 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The Apple AirPods will be released at least in the US initially this late October and will be retailed for $159 a pair. That's about Php7,500 in our currency. At first I thought the AirPods would be offered as the new default EarPods with the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus since Apple has completely ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack in the new smartphones, but no the AirPods are sold separately.