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AirPods Headphones — Unboxed!

AirPods — the revolutionary new headset from Apple — combine trusty old Bluetooth with all-new "magic" to make wireless listening faster, more flexible, and more convenient then ever.

Flip open the iPod-white case and your iPhone — including the all-new iPhone 7 — automatically detects them. Control center comes up with a specialized interface and a single "Connect" button. Tap it and you're done. Then, put one AirPod in your ear and the infrared sensor knows to switch audio from your device to the headphone. Put the second one in, and it knows to send audio to both, and switch from mono to stereo.

Pull one AirPod out and your audio will pause. Hit play again, and it'll continue in mono — which is great for calls and for podcasts. Put the second one back, and it resumes in stereo.

You can also tap the side of the AirPod twice and the accelerometer will know you want to answer a call or invoke Siri. Then you can ask Siri to do anything you want, right from there.

If you start music on your Apple Watch, the AirPods will seamlessly switch to the Watch. And thanks to iCloud, they'll also be set up on your iPad or Mac, so they'll work with all your Apple gear.

Since AirPods are Bluetooth, they'll also pair in the standard way with any other BT-capable device, include Apple TV.

Each AirPod carries enough charge to last 5 hours, and the case can recharge them both up to 24 hours more. So, if you switch between them, you could fly from New York to Hong Kong while listening to every single episode of Apple Talk — twice! — without running out of juice.

They even stay in my grappling-mangled ears better than the original EarPods, which is terrific.

AirPods ship in October. You'll want a pair.

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

26 Comments
  • Great video
    I find these very interesting and I think they look cool or not like some people don't like them.
    Trying to convince myself to buy a set !! Sent from the iMore App
  • I want these so bad. Now if only Apple made them in black....
  • Once again, Apple only caters to White People (tm). Rene Ritchie, being White, doesn't even notice. But hey, black people get dark colored emojis and squirt guns as a consolation prize :-|
  • Seriously?... Literally 80% of all promo shots showing these new Airpods on Apples site is with a black person. The contrast between the white iconic pods and dark skin is amazing. Look at: https://www.imore.com/e?link=https2F2Fc2F4...
    Apples headphones have been white since the origination of the iPod, to stand out in a sea of boring black headphones. They used contrast marketing since forever. These are white because it's following a tradition and it is iconic.
  • Maybe someone will come out with skins for these.
  • So cannot wait to get my hands on a pair of these. These are exactly what I've been wanting to see for YEARS!! Soooooooo can't wait!!!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • Sure hope they fit better than the stock ones that come with the iPhone. Sent from the iMore App
  • Kind of groovy to have the potential for a single ear apple wireless headset! I'm in! Sent from the iMore App
  • Can you control the volume on these?
  • No volume buttons on these. Double tap one of them to summon Siri, say, "Volume up" (or whatever). Or use your device's volume control. Sent from the iMore App
  • Man, I want these so bad but the inability to control volume directly from the headphones is a deal breaker for me. Sent from the iMore App
  • What I do is use the buttons on the iPhone itself, I can feel them through my pocket so it's an easy way
  • Is it me or it looks like box of Dental floss
  • No, it's just you. No one else has ever made that comparison.
  • I think it's just you who doesn't floss here, hence you've never seen what a dental floss case looks like.
  • No I was right even reviewers are saying same thing
    http://www.theverge.com/a/apple-iphone-7-review-vs-iphone-7-plus
  • It does look like dental floss. Sent from the iMore App
  • Revolutionary new. /s
  • Would you rather they revolutionized the refrigerator with a giant touch screen?
    I agree this is not a world changing revolution, but they did what Apple usually does best- takes ideas or products with potential and fixes 90% of the problems. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would be totally in if only you could control music (volume, skip, FF, etc...) with it, please don't tell me we will need Siri to do that, can't imagine having to stop music just to tell Siri to lower the volume, that would be so stupid.
  • I agree that some triple tap to increase or decrease volume would be nice. However, if you have an Apple Watch it is really easy to control playback from there...
  • Same here. They seem nice but lack of playback controls is a dealbreaker. Could have been a capacitive touch surface or some buttons on one of them (not sure which take less space) but they would probably have had to make them larger or sacrifice battery life so a tricky situation.
  • I agree. I'm hoping that will come with a software update.
  • Lack of handsfree Hey Siri & playback control is a deal breaker; missed opportunity at the least.
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    Crappy shape, which is still likely to fall out of 90% of everyone's ears, especially when exercising, also a deal breaker. Hopefully the next gen will have hf Hey Siri, hopefully in the sports band they showed at the announcement (beats?) Sent from the iMore App
  • Do the battery levels show up in the widget on the iPhone or can you only tell the battery life by opening up the case near the iPhone?
  • I'll get a set only because it's much better than the flimsy ones that come with the phone and become a tangled mess..