Apple AirPods

Wireless earphones from Apple

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#2 Product of the DaySeptember 07, 2016

Apple AirPods are gorgeous wireless headphones. Just take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect instantly. Speak into them and your voice sounds clear.

  • Pros: 

    The best Apple product since the iPhone.


    Won't fit everyone's ears. Siri is still behind so you'll want to disable it as a control mechanism.

    Instant bluetooth, light weight, no cords and a case that recharges means that you'll find yourself using the Airpods far more than normal wired headphones. Great for workouts too. The perfect gift for people who spend a lot of time making calls or listening to podcasts or music.

  • ᴊᴜʟɪᴇɴ.
    ᴊᴜʟɪᴇɴ.Tech enthusiast, future obsessed.

    Super easy to use, great audio quality and battery, seamless.


    Design is okay to me but that's not the case for everybody watching me in the street! :D

    There are just an amazing piece of technology, they work great, stay and feel pretty good in the ears and they totally helped me forget 3.5mm audio jack... what a courage!

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Sid (Guru)
Sid (Guru)@sidrock28
Should have provided it with iPhone 7.
Gabriel Lewis
Gabriel Lewis@gabriel__lewis · 🤔
@sidrock28 I was going to upgrade if they did, instead I'll be keeping my iPhone 6 Plus another year
Matt Galligan
Matt Galligan@mg · CEO & Co-founder Picks & Shovels
@sidrock28 And would you have been ok with the price of the phone going up $150?
Sid (Guru)
Sid (Guru)@sidrock28
@mg The price of 512 GB SSD module in 2012 was 800+ $. Price of the Retina MacBook Pro as compared to standard MacBook Pro was little higher (The top end rMBP was 199$ more than the standard with the same spec minus SSD, I own one. But I'm certain it was only 100$ more than the 2011 Unibody MacBook Pro). Now the price of a 512 GB SSD is significantly lower but the price of the rMBP remains the same. This is how Apple should have played with the AirPods as well. Should have included in the iPhone 7 box at the same cost or maybe to cover the manufacturing cost. This would push the demand for Bluetooth headphones bringing the cost down and Apple can be credited for their role in making wireless audio mainstream.
Nadia Yun
Nadia Yun@nadia_yun · Consumer Marketing Google Hardware
@sidrock28 @mg #backtaxes
Holly Chisholm
Holly ChisholmHiring@holly_chisholm · Designer - The Flex Company
My immediate thought: I am going to lose these instantly.
Cassidy Williams
Cassidy Williams@cassidoo · Senior Software Engineer, CodePen
@holly_chisholm SAME. I can barely keep track of my wired earbuds, and now I've got to keep two AND make sure they don't fall out. I really like being able to take out one bud and let it hang while I talk to people, and now I'll just have to *gulp* hold it. First world problems to the max.
Cristi`quad`Glodeanu@quad_bx · Roadwarrior at Crossover.
@holly_chisholm BeatsX for you, then. :)
Holly Chisholm
Holly ChisholmHiring@holly_chisholm · Designer - The Flex Company
@quad_bx Probably :P
Willie Morris
Willie Morris@morewillie · Formerly Amazon, Boeing, and Faithbox
@holly_chisholm I already lost mine :P
Randy Ellis
Randy Ellis@iamrandyellis · 5ivehat Founder | Instructor @GA_Chicago
@cassidoo @holly_chisholm Be on the lookout for a $30 3rd party rubber slip-on option for these in the near future. So you can have the one-ear out as you chat on the phone. I'm almost certain. But just another thing for you to carry.
David Chang
David Chang@chang2301 · Founder, Ziltag
It's like two cigarettes hanging on your ear from the front.
Maxim Ananov
Maxim Ananov@pointum · Distraction Dimmer •
@chang2301 you've convinced me. BeatsX it is then.
Jesse Wallace
Jesse Wallace@jesse_wallace · Sr. UX Designer, Dragon Army
@chang2301 Wow, that couldn't look any more stupid. Offense only to Apple's design team, btw :)
Joshua Pinter
Joshua Pinter@joshuapinter · Product at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
@chang2301 A time when I wish there was a downvote button on Product Hunt.
Jesse Dhillon
Jesse Dhillon@jessedhillon · Product-minded engineer
@chang2301 the hero we needed
Lindsay Lamb
Lindsay Lamb@lindsayclamb · Freelance Creative Copywriter
@chang2301 They could have at least made them sparkly so that they look like earrings on me.
Simon Isaacs
Simon Isaacs@simon_isaacs · Founder & CCO of Fatherly
These are: a) Horrible looking b) A few steps behind the competition c) A sign of Apple's downward spiral d) All of the above?
Jack Smith
Jack Smith@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@simon_isaacs I wouldn't dispute any of those points. But what about them would you say is behind the competition?
Simon Isaacs
Simon Isaacs@simon_isaacs · Founder & CCO of Fatherly
@_jacksmith the headphone / earphone market has grown considerably and there are dozens of players with wireless earphones that don't look so idiotic. This is Apple's New Coke moment.
Matt Galligan
Matt Galligan@mg · CEO & Co-founder Picks & Shovels
@simon_isaacs @_jacksmith Ok, so you're saying the design is steps behind the competition? Aside from Bragi's and Samsung's bud-only design, both of which are pretty terrible at this point, what's behind?
Daniel Wyss
Daniel Wyss@daniel_wyss
@simon_isaacs I wouldn't say, that they're looking so bad. And with the box for reload, this style makes sense. Anyway... a matter of taste. But why behind the competition?
Simon Isaacs
Simon Isaacs@simon_isaacs · Founder & CCO of Fatherly
@wyssdaniel who has come out excited by the design of these silly things? Would be interested to see one credible piece hailing what these look like on... Just reminds me of Something About Marry
Niv Dror
Niv DrorHiring@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
Apple AirPods: The new smart wireless headphones you now must* have *To not carry an adapter because no more headphone jack in the iPhone 7