AirPods

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  • Overview

    Wireless. Effortless. Magical.

    AirPods will forever change the way you use headphones. Whenever you pull your AirPods out of the charging case, they instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac.(1) Audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out. To adjust the volume, change the song, make a call or even get directions, just double-tap to activate Siri.

    Driven by the custom Apple W1 chip, AirPods use optical sensors and a motion accelerometer to detect when they’re in your ears. Whether you’re using both AirPods or just one, the W1 chip automatically routes the audio and engages the microphone. And when you’re on a call or talking to Siri, an additional accelerometer works with beamforming microphones to filter out background noise and focus on the sound of your voice. Because the ultra-low-power W1 chip manages battery life so well, AirPods deliver an industry-leading 5 hours of listening time on one charge.(2) And they’re made to keep up with you, thanks to a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.(3) Need a quick charge? Just 15 minutes in the case gives you 3 hours of listening time.(4)

    Highlights

    Designed by Apple

    Automatically on, automatically connected

    One-tap setup for all your Apple devices(1)

    Quick access to Siri with a double tap

    More than 24-hour battery life with Charging Case(3)

    Charges quickly in the case

    Rich, high-quality audio and voice

    Seamless switching between devices

    Tech Specs

    Bluetooth

    Wireless

    Weight

    AirPods (each): 4 g (0.14 ounces)

    Charging Case: 38 g (1.34 ounces)

    Dimensions

    AirPods (each): 16.5x18.0x40.5 mm (0.65x0.71x1.59 inches)

    Charging Case: 44.3x21.3x53.5 mm (1.74x0.84 by 2.11 inches)

    Connections

    AirPods: Bluetooth

    Charging Case: Lightning connector

    AirPods Sensors (each):

    Dual beam-forming microphones

    Dual optical sensors

    Motion-detecting accelerometer

    Speech-detecting accelerometer

    Power and Battery

    AirPods with Charging Case: more than 24 hours of listening time,(3) up to 11 hours of talk time(6)

    AirPods (single charge): up to 5 hours of listening time,(2) Up to 2 hours of talk time(5)

    15 minutes in the case equals 3 hours listening time(4) or over an hour of talk time(7)

    System Requirements

    iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models with iOS 10 or later

    Apple Watch models with watchOS 3 or later

    Mac models with macOS Sierra or later

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  • 4.0 Average
    4 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Set your ears free!

      I just got these AirPods this morning and am blown away by them already. The charge case with its tactile rounded edges and corners is a great place to keep the I just got these AirPods this morning and am blown away by them already. The charge case with its tactile rounded edges and corners is a great place to keep them safe in a pocket or purse. Flip the lid and there they are nestling inside, ready for play and your iPhone is already paired. They also paired with my my iPad Air effortlessly and near intantaneously. No fiddling about in settings or entering code numbers is required. They fit my ears really well and show no signs of falling out though at my age I walk and do not jog. Given their price it would be fair to say I won't be taking these out on the ocean in my sea kayak though. The sound quality is superb especially considering that they are connected by bluetooth. Previous bluetooth earphones I have used have been a real faff to connect, the sound quality was tinny and they suffered frequent audio drop outs. Unlike some earphones, these do not seal your ear canal from the outside so if you are in a noisy environment, such as a busy road, they do let a fair bit of outside sound in. So if that is where you listen to music, you might be better with earphones which have soft rubber seals to keep road noise out. Not having to spend time untangling wires really sets you free and I certainly don't miss an earphone being tugged out by the wire that gets caught on a jacket when you take it off or turn your head etc. When I meet someone, I particularly love this feature: removing one AirPod causes the music to pause and you can have a chat. Then when you put it back in, the music starts again. If you chat too long the music stays paused but rather than getting the phone out of an inside pocket, you can just double tap the earphone to activate Siri and say "play". Unfortunately you need to be in WiFi range or have a decent phone signal for Siri to work. I have never used Siri on my iPhone, iPad or MacBook Pro, so for me the AirPods have proved to be the killer application to get me started using Siri. Making or receiving phone calls is also a breeze, double tap to start Siri and say "phone home" and that's it. The only downside (until they catch on) is that having two bits of white pasta sticking out your ears makes you look like a bit of an extra terrestrial. But at least they are not spaghetti like wires! It's good to see some innovation that has been really well implemented. They may be pricey enough to make your eyes water but at least your ears will be happy and free.

      • Written by Douglas W from Glasgow

      882 of 1004 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Set your ears free!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Best Headphones I have ever used!

      Unboxing experience, like usual, was brilliant. Flicked open the AirPod Case just to take a look and instantly my phone lit up with the connect screen, it is re Unboxing experience, like usual, was brilliant. Flicked open the AirPod Case just to take a look and instantly my phone lit up with the connect screen, it is really that simple. I've owned these for about a month and I've found daily use with battey life brilliant for how small they are, the sound quality is amazing. The switch between iPad, Mac and even Apple TV is fluent and not a problem at all. I highly reccomend this product. Definitely worth more than £159 for the overall experience.

      • Written by Luke S from Manchester

      563 of 646 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Best Headphones I have ever used!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      AirPods

      I bought these AirPods because i get fed up with the corded type getting pulled from my ears every time I move in the chair! When I put the new AirPods in my ea I bought these AirPods because i get fed up with the corded type getting pulled from my ears every time I move in the chair! When I put the new AirPods in my ear for the first time I thought they will fall out but having tried to make them fall out they still stayed in place and after about 20 mins you wouldn't even know they were in. In my opinion worth every penny and absolutely delighted with my purchase.

      • Written by Doug B from Bordon

      517 of 598 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?AirPods

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Awesome product...

      Those who have given less positive reviews... if they fall out of your ears you can get cheap gel skins that hold them in tight. Those so called audiophiles who Those who have given less positive reviews... if they fall out of your ears you can get cheap gel skins that hold them in tight. Those so called audiophiles who say the sound quality is not brilliant - well I AM an audiophile having been involved in music professionally for over 30 years. I have owned Sennheiser, Bose etc and bang for buck these are up there with them - so well worth the money. I got these and on opening the charge box the connect option popped up on my iPhone X. Went straight to playing Something (VIP) by Azedia to check out the bass notes in particular - absolutely brilliant... across the whole range! These are better than any other earphones produced by Apple. Make sure you have the right equalisation settings on your phone to get the best out of these. Highly recommended *****

      • Written by Martyn H from Stoke On Trent

      2 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Awesome product...

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Can’t find when lost/connection started dropping.

      They were great when I first got them. Took them to work for 6 months I’m in the building trade. Get a call. Put them in get great sound on call then listen to They were great when I first got them. Took them to work for 6 months I’m in the building trade. Get a call. Put them in get great sound on call then listen to music. Wear them at gym,don’t fall out. Started to lose connection last few weeks. The problem is the box is so shiny slippery and small it falls out of your pocket lost them last week at cinema visit. No iphone finder to find them as this only works when they are out of the box. I think they need a way to attach the box (iPod shuffle) keyring attachment!

      • Written by stephen B from chesterfield

      0 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Can’t find when lost/connection started dropping.

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      iPhone 10/10 - Macbook 0/10

      With the iPhone and iPad, these work perfectly, every time. I have never had a lapse in connection, or any issues whatsoever. The audio quality has improved a t With the iPhone and iPad, these work perfectly, every time. I have never had a lapse in connection, or any issues whatsoever. The audio quality has improved a touch from their wired counterparts, the battery life is incredible and the customisable double tap function on each ear is a fantastic feature. The issues arise when you want to use these with macOS. Whereas switching between IOS devices with these is a breeze, transferring between IOS and macOS is absolutely atrocious. Every time you try to connect the AirPods, the process has to be completed manually, and many of these attempts fail, this followed by sporadic disconnections make the whole process a pain. This is made even more frustrating as I have the 2018 MBP which I cannot plug my lightning headphones into and my AirPods are half useless with. (I refuse to carry around two sets of headphones out of stubbornness.) I highly recommend these for IOS users. But if you're hoping to use these with your Mac, I would hold out until either the software is updated to be as fluent as IOS or spend your money on a good pair of wired headphones and save yourself the hassle.

      • Written by James P from nottingham

      6 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?iPhone 10/10 - Macbook 0/10

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