AirPods are Apple’s Bluetooth earbuds. Initially released December 13, 2016, they used the special W1 chip to make pairing easier with other Apple devices, handling a common pain point for users of third-party Bluetooth headphones.

In 2019, Apple released AirPods pro, adding a fully-sealed earpiece allowing for noise isolation, cancelation, and more.

What Does the AirPods IPX4 Rating Mean?

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

What Does the AirPods IPX4 Rating Mean

We know the new AirPods are IPX4 rated against rain and sweat. What does that really mean, though? Jeff Butts explains all the IPX ratings.

Third Generation AirPods Likely to be 'Unleashed' at Apple Event

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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As I, and many others, suspected, it seems we will finally get the third generation of AirPods at the ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday. Leaks from Chinese social media site Weibo, picked up by MacRumors, suggest the earbuds will have an updated design.

Now, as Apple has confirmed its likely last event of the year for this coming Monday, October 18, all the indications suggest that new ‌AirPods‌ will also be announced alongside redesigned MacBook Pros. Weibo leaker @PandaIsBald, which accurately reported the launch of the baseline ninth-generation iPad for Apple’s last event, has claimed that alongside “M1X” Macs, the third-generation ‌AirPods‌ with an updated design will also be announced…The refreshed ‌AirPods‌ are expected to take design cues from the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and leaked schematics and images but appear to confirm those design changes. However, what remains unclear is whether the new ‌AirPods‌ will feature silicone ear-tips, like the ‌AirPods Pro‌, or feature the same in-ear design as the first and second-generation ‌AirPods‌.

AirPods Market Share Dropped From 41 Percent to 29 Percent

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Mashable‘s Alex Perry writes how AirPods revolutionized the wireless earbud space but is currently falling behind.

AirPods market share dropped from 41 percent at the end of 2019 to 29 percent at the end of 2020, according to research firm Counterpoint. That’s still a substantial lead over everyone else, but it does point to what happened in the more than two years since the last AirPods update: Other companies made cheaper and better entry-level wireless earbuds, and consumers took notice.

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Ming Chi-Kuo: AirPods Pro Two Coming 2022

· Charlotte Henry · Link

New AirPods Pro 2 will debut in 2022, according to a note from analyst Ming -Chi-Kuo seen by iMore. Indeed, he expects Apple’s earbuds to ship 100 million units overall that year.

Kuo says that while Apple’s AirPods business will “decline in the short term (2H21–1H22)” he expects that to be rectified by the second half of the year. Short term, however, lower than expected demand is thought to mean Apple will ship up to 75 million units which is 10 million down on the previous prediction. In terms of AirPods as a whole, Kuo says that he expects Apple to ship more than 100 million units in 2022, even if the new products don’t feature an “innovative experience.” Such an experience has been talked about before — previous reports have suggested some form of health tracking could be added to AirPods Pro specifically.

Accessory-Maker Twelve South's Memorial Day Sale is Now On

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Twelve South’s Memorial Day sale is now open. It is offering up to 50 percent of various accessories for Apple devices and other products through Monday. Products in the sale include the AirSnap case for AirPods (US$24.99 instead of US$24.99) and the PlugBug Duo MacBook – a global travel adapter with two extra USB chargers (US$29.99 instead of US$59.99).

Accessory-Maker Twelve South’s Memorial Day Sale is Now On