The Apple iPhone 7 and the wireless earphone bruhaha

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Few days ago, Apple launched the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Beyond reasonable doubt, these are drop down gorgeous devices. We realized that the phone is a combination of good features gleaned from other flagship devices. Previous rumors turned out to be true – the new iPhone lacks the regular 3.5 mm headphone jack. Rather, the new phone ships with a set of wireless earphones called Airpods. Here’s what we thought.


It is a great feeling to see talked about tech becoming reality. Problem is, people are always resistant to change. Apple supposedly had some reasons to remove the earphone jack:

  • more room for components in the iPhone.
  • Confidence that they can deliver quality alternative source of audio over the Lightning port.
  • They felt the need to improve, instead of avoid, wireless audio.

Apple dares the music-listening-world with a new set of wireless earphones called the AirPod. It looks a lot like the already existing ear pods, but with the cables off. A sketch diagram (see below) shows the many components sliced into this little piece of tech :Battery, Microphone (yes! you can take calls with it too), Antenna, Accelerometer sensors too.

airpods-sketch In summary, here are some pointers on features of the AirPod :

  • You can answer calls with it, through tap gestures, and a microphone available.
  • Connects seamlessly to the iPhone, Apple Watch or a Mac. It would work on other devices too, but in lesser capacity.
  • Offering 5 hours of playback on a single charge.
  • It costs $159.

As always, the AirPod is pricey, and reviewers are yet to test its functionality, and battery longevity. In the mean time, we can expect huge sales figures of the new iPhone. This is could translate to other phone makers adopting the no-headphone-jack approach. Let’s see how it turns out.


One comment

  1. There are very few earphones like these around. I came across a couple of them, the Bragi The Dash was the best rated, but offerings by the likes of Samsung, Earin and Motorola don’t seem to have fared as well (did the Moto ones even come out at all?). I shall await the reviews of the AirPods

    Bluetooth earphones and headphones still have a long way to go in terms of the quality of sound – their wired counterparts are still winning.

    Interesting enough, the price of these just comes under the Samsung Gear IconX offering. For now I’ll pass and wait for the technology to develop a bit more. My current wireless earphones should do a good enough job until then.

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