AirPods

Two new AirPods tipped for 2019 and the changes could be huge

Two new AirPods tipped for 2019 and the changes could be huge

Two new AirPods versions could launch as soon as this year, it's been predicted, introducing an all-new design and new features. Apple's best-selling wireless earbuds have been a persistent hit since the Cupertino firm launched them back in 2016.

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The best way to protect your AirPods (and the worst)

The best way to protect your AirPods (and the worst)

This weekend we bore witness to what's simultaneously the best and the worst way to keep your AirPods safe from theft. It requires that you have both a good memory and no 3rd-party cleaners. By that, I mean you're going to need to be completely free of friends and family that'd normally do cleaning missions in your home without your assistance.

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Apple AirPods 2 Review: The Sound of Convenience

Apple AirPods 2 Review: The Sound of Convenience

The original Apple AirPods succeeded because of one core quality: convenience. Ease of connection and ease of daily use instantly set them apart from rivals, and underscored yet again how Apple's tight-knit ecosystem of hardware and software can give it an edge. Now, with the arrival of the second-generation AirPods - which, for simplicity's sake, I'm going to call "AirPods 2" - Apple has addressed some, though not all, of the complaints and requests.

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iFixit AirPods 2 teardown is just as ugly as the first

iFixit AirPods 2 teardown is just as ugly as the first

When the original AirPods first released, iFixit did what it usually does and cracked them open to find out just how repairable they are. The results were not good, as iFixit gave them a dismal repairability rating of 0/10, noting that you couldn't open them up without damaging them in one way or another. In the end, iFixit said, AirPods were an accessory that were meant to be disposable, which meant that end-user repairs were pretty much out of the question.

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Powerbeats Pro leaked, looking like sporty AirPods

Powerbeats Pro leaked, looking like sporty AirPods

Inside the software iOS 12.2 was a hidden bit of hardware, a pair of earbuds made by Apple in the Beats brand. These are called Powerbeats Pro, and they won't likely be cheap. It would appear like these headphones are extremely similar to AirPods in several respects - most obvious of all in their wireless nature - but they're living in a Beats design universe.

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Apple AirPods upgrade: Two reasons 2nd-gen AirPods are worth it

Apple AirPods upgrade: Two reasons 2nd-gen AirPods are worth it

Apple's new AirPods are here, and while there are several obvious reasons to upgrade, for me it's the small - but important - details that have my finger hovering over the buy button. A perennial success since they first launched in 2017, AirPods epitomize Apple getting things right when it comes to convenience and simplicity. Question is, if you're a happy first-generation AirPods owner, should you be upgrading?

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New Apple AirPods get wireless charging case, Hey Siri, incredible battery

New Apple AirPods get wireless charging case, Hey Siri, incredible battery

Apple is keeping its string of device reveals going, first revealing a pair of new iPads on Monday and then updating its line of iMacs yesterday. Though some rumors claimed that we'd see a new iPod Touch today, we're actually getting a new pair of AirPods. An AirPods follow-up has been rumored for quite some time, so the fact that we're seeing them now shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.

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Apple AirPods 2 tipped to launch late March

Apple AirPods 2 tipped to launch late March

Samsung and other Android phone makers have had their time in the spotlight at MWC 2019 this week. Huawei is biding its time for a late March event to steer clear of its rivals. Unfortunately, it might bump right into some Apple news along the way. While a new AirPods 2 might not exactly rise up to the level of hype that the Huawei P30 might generate, the much awaited second gen AirPods still has enough air of mystery around it to nudge Huawei aside even for a short while.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Buds have features Apple needs to copy

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds have features Apple needs to copy

The Samsung Galaxy Buds aren't the company's first ride on the wireless earbud rodeo, and it shows. Successor to the Gear IconX earbuds last year, the new set is easier to carry, to charge, and to use. In fact, as an avid AirPod fan, there's a whole lot here that Samsung got right which Apple could learn from.

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Apple’s AirPods’ big 2019 upgrades are reportedly staggered

Apple’s AirPods’ big 2019 upgrades are reportedly staggered

Apple's AirPods 2 are coming, but expect a mid-cycle revamp of sorts before the second-generation wireless headphones arrive, at least according to the latest leaks. Though initially a subject of ridicule by many, AirPods have gone on to be a legitimate accessories success story for Apple.

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Apple AirPods 2 changes are on the inside, not outside

Apple AirPods 2 changes are on the inside, not outside

For months now, we've been hearing rumors that claim a refreshed set of AirPods are on the way from Apple. The AirPods we have now were released way back at the tail end of 2016, so it wouldn't be surprising if Apple - which has a habit of releasing yearly refreshes for many of its devices - decides its time for a new model. Today, details about AirPods 2 have leaked out, and though it sounds like Apple's wireless earbuds will go through some significant changes, none of those will be outwardly obvious.

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AirBuddy is the AirPods app Apple should’ve made

AirBuddy is the AirPods app Apple should’ve made

Apple's super-streamlined pairing and management of AirPods on iOS devices only has one real annoyance: it highlights how less elegant the process is on macOS. New app AirBuddy aims to fix that, though, replicating the simple way that iOS shows AirPods battery status and connectivity for your Mac.

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