This Trick Might Save Your AirPods’ Battery Life

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Redditor u/smakusdod proposes a trick that could help with your AirPods’ battery life. It involves resetting the AirPods case and draining the batteries of both the AirPods and the case to re-calibrate the battery life measurement system.

I completely reset the AirPods case (holding down the white button on the back for 10+ seconds), and re-paired them with my iPhone. I then completely drained both AirPods down to zero, and the case itself down to zero through normal usage. Then, I put the dead AirPods into the dead case, and charged them both up to 100%.

At some point over the weekend I’ll try this to see what happens. My AirPods haven’t significantly lost battery life, but I have noticed one Pod has a slightly lower maximum charge than the other one.

AirPod 5-Piece Case Cover and Accessory Pack: $12.99

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We have a deal on an AirPod 5-Piece case cover and accessory pack. It includes a case to protect your AirPods case, an anti-loss strap for those times when you might be concerned about losing your AirPods, a watch band holder that holds your AirPods on your watch band, ear tips to provide a comfortable fit and sound isolation, and a carabiner that connects to the case. You can get all that for $12.99 through our deal. I’m linking directly to a black model, but there are also options for pink, red, blue, gray, and yellow.

Apple Korea Shares a Video of Creative AirPods Cases

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Apple Korea posted a YouTube video showing off some creative AirPods cases and skins that customers are using.

창의성 충만한 여러분의 손길을 거쳐 변신한 개성만점 각양각색 AirPods. 여기 저마다의 매력을 뽐냅니다.

A variety of unique AirPods transformed through your hands full of creativity. Here’s their charm.

Future Apple Headphones Could Tell Which Ear They’re In

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New patents reveal that future Apple headphones could tell which ear they’re in using machine learning.

Apple notes that “During operation, capacitive sensor electrodes may be used by the control circuitry in capturing capacitive sensor ear images that are processed by a machine learning classifier. The machine learning classifier may be used to determine whether the headphones are being worn in a reversed or unreversed orientation.

You Can Buy Diamond-Encrusted AirPods for $20,000

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Do you have a spare US$20,000 lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Buy these AirPods decked out in diamonds with a marble stand.

Ian DeLucca’s Object No. 1 AirPods are part of his “New Materialism” series, focused on spotlighting the intersection of art and commerce. Twenty-five pairs of the earphones are being made with diamonds that are said to be VVS1-quality, and naturally mined rather than manufactured. Each white gold pair gets inscribed with its creation date and an edition number.

I just want stealth-black AirPods, thanks.

News+: Apple's Courage to Remove the Headphone Jack

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In the latest magazine issue of Macworld, Michael Simon writes about Apple’s courage to remove the headphone jack.

At the iPhone 7 introduction, Apple VP Phil Schiller talked about having the “courage” to make the change, to leave the headphone jack behind. At the time it was kind of cringe-worthy…But you know what? He was right. It might have sounded like the reality distortion field on steroids, but Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from its  most popular product wasn’t a flippant design whim. It was the start of a new strategy that would bring convenience, simplicity, and downright delight.

This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.