AirPods

Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind

Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind

Three months in, has the reality distortion field around the AirPods faded, or are Apple's Bluetooth headphones still my pick of iPhone accessories? They may have met with some ridicule when Apple revealed them, but the ongoing stock shortages would suggest that the mass market doesn't care: they want their AirPods, and they're willing to pay $159 for them. Having lived with them as my primary headphones for some time now, I can't say I disagree.

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ColorWare offers AirPods in Jet Black and 57 other colors

ColorWare offers AirPods in Jet Black and 57 other colors

If you love your Apple AirPods but hate their bland white color, ColorWare has some great news: it can now recolor them in Jet Black or any other of 58 total color options. The company has long customized gear with different colors, and Apple products are no exception. This time around, AirPod owners will be able to choose between glossy and metallic color options, which span the range from ‘Smoke White’ to ‘Abyss’ blue and more.

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Here’s how to update your AirPods

Here’s how to update your AirPods

Apple has pushed out a new update to AirPods, bringing them up to firmware version 3.5.1. Unlike the updates we frequently see with iPhones and iPads, this firmware update isn't accompanied by any kind of patch notes. That makes it fairly difficult to figure out what, exactly, is changing with this update.

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Tim Cook teases new Apple iPhone, smart home, more

Tim Cook teases new Apple iPhone, smart home, more

An exciting new iPhone, advanced wearables, and a seamless smart home: Tim Cook was light on specifics but not short on the big picture as he described Apple's year to come. Speaking on his company's financial results call, in the afterglow of a record-breaking quarter which saw iPhone sales beat expectations and Mac turn around its decline, Cook name-checked a number of areas Apple will focus on moving forward. Even for struggling sectors like tablets, the CEO is buoyant.

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Apple debuts AirPods ads highlighting Siri and pairing

Apple debuts AirPods ads highlighting Siri and pairing

You'll still be hard-pressed to find Apple's new AirPods in stores anywhere, ever after the holidays, but Cupertino has taken to rolling out a new series of television commercials for the wireless headphones, highlighting and promoting their key features. The ads, which began appearing on TV this weekend, feature the dancer Lil Buck using the AirPods as he walks down the street, making use of Siri and pairing them with an iPhone 7.

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AirPods may get stock boost as production ramps up

AirPods may get stock boost as production ramps up

Apple's wireless AirPods have proven to be one of the hottest items of the holiday season, as many of you iPhone 7 owners will already know. They went on sale back on December 13, and almost immediately, delivery estimates were pushed back beyond Christmas. Even now, Apple.com gives AirPods a shipping estimate of six weeks, and because of this, Apple supplier Inventec is looking to ramp up production.

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AirPods “a runaway success” says Cook but supplies still tight

AirPods “a runaway success” says Cook but supplies still tight

Apple's AirPods "are a runaway success" CEO Tim Cook says, promising that "we're making them as fast as we can" to keep up with demand. The entirely wireless earbuds, which hit shelves this month after unexpected delays, have proved to be this holiday season's hot item, with supplies getting snapped up in hours or less. Now, with online availability not guaranteed until well into 2017, questions are being asked whether Apple is making all that they can.

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Your AirPods now pause Spotify on macOS; new Touch Bar support

Your AirPods now pause Spotify on macOS; new Touch Bar support

Apple's sensor-packed AirPods have gained another talent, pausing Spotify on macOS, which is welcome news for those not devoted to Apple Music. The Spotify update embraces the auto-pause technology that, when you remove an AirPod from your ear, automatically stops the music you're listening to. When you put the AirPod back in - for instance, if you've finished whatever conversation you were having - it'll resume playback.

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4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

Apple's AirPods are a wireless tour de force, streamlining the Bluetooth process in a way that no other accessory has done before, but there are still rough edges in everyday use. As I found in my full AirPods review, although the cable-free earbuds get the fundamentals right, you should still expect some frustrations along the way. Luckily, there are a few easy things Apple could do to fix that: read on for my big AirPods complaints, and how they could be addressed.

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AirPods teardown: not DIY repairable whatsoever

AirPods teardown: not DIY repairable whatsoever

While most devices are at least a little bit DIY repairable according to iFixit, Apple's latest certainly isn't. The folks at iFixit responsible for tearing devices down to assess their repairability have found the Apple AirPods to rate a clean and simple zero - not good for the do-it-yourself hardware repair crowd at all whatsoever. It would seem that Apple did not have these folks in mind when they designed these very tiny sound-blasters and their charging case.

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Apple AirPods Review

Apple AirPods Review

Wireless headphones have been ripe for a reboot for years now, but no contenders for the crown have divided opinion quite like Apple's AirPods. Revealed alongside the iPhone 7, the fully-wireless earbuds were intended to salve the pain of losing the headphone jack. Unforeseen delays meant that didn't quite go to plan, but now the AirPods are finally here, do they really deliver the best wire-free experience on the market?

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Apple AirPods drop and wash tests show surprising durability

Apple AirPods drop and wash tests show surprising durability

Apple AirPods just recently hit retail, and with that release comes all sorts of drop tests. YouTuber EverythingApplePro has put together one of the most comprehensive durability tests yet, not only dropping the AirPods from a variety of heights, but also putting them through a number of water tests. How did they fare? The results might surprise you.

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