The release of the new Apple AirPods sees Apple going head to head with other wireless headphone brands in the market. The first wireless headphones made by Apple, the Apple AirPods makes use of its integrated Apple W1 chip to automatically turn on and connect to Apple devices when removed from its charging case. The custom built chip also enables up to 5 hours of audio playback on a single charge.
The Apple AirPods connects with supported iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, and Macs (see compatible models here) over Bluetooth. The headphones can be configured for these devices by tapping once, provided the device has an iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3. A double tap will activate Siri which allows you to control the volume and playlist, make calls, or get directions.
The charging case that comes with the Apple AirPods offers more than 24-hour battery life when used with the headphones. The headphones can be charged for 15 minutes in the case and used for up to 3 hours. The case comes with a Lightning connector and uses a Lightning to USB cable to connect to a USB charger or port for charging.
Our recent purchase of the Apple AirPods arrives in a clean typical Apple-style packaging showing both the headphones and charging case.
The 1.74 x 0.84 x 2.11 inch charging case is neatly placed inside the box together with instruction sheets.
The Lightning connector is located at one end of the 1.34-ounce compact case.
The case opens up to reveal the headphones which consist of two beam-forming microphones and integrated with two optical sensors, a motion-detecting accelerometer, and a speech-detecting accelerometer.
Each headphone measures at 0.65 x 0.71 x 1.59 inches and weighs at just 0.14 ounces.
The Lightning to USB cable for the charging case is also conveniently provided at the bottom of the box.