Dr. Mac loves his 1st gen Apple AirPods, but it turns out he loves his new AirPods Pro even more, as he explains in episode #360 of his long-running Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves column!
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.
Shipments of AirPods are expected to double this year to 60 million units, driven in part by the AirPods Pro.
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.
Apple is the most mentioned consumer brand amongst teens when asked about their Christmas gift wishes, according to a new survey.
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Bryan’s new AirPods Pro, and some features of true wireless earbuds.
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss former FBI counsel Jim Baker’s stance on encryption and new AirPods Pro.
Apple announced AirPods Pro Monday — without a media event — featuring an in-ear design with noise cancellation, as predicted by a recent leak. AirPods Pro are available for preorder now, and will ship October 30th. [Update: article has been updated with more details and features.]
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss speculation about new AirPods, their features, and earning the “pro” name.
There’s a fun new leak coming out of China saying that Apple will release “AirPods Pro” by the end of October.
Code found within the iOS 13.2 reveals that Apple may release in-ear AirPods with noise cancellation and could be used with Live Listen.
iOS 13 Audio Sharing will let you and a friend pair Bluetooth headphones to one device, and Beats support will be added soon.
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 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.
The AirSnap Twill case by Twelve South was announced just a couple weeks ago, and the company kindly sent Andrew one to review.
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.
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.
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We have a deal on CarryOn, an AirPods case handmade with genuine leather. It’s made with one-piece construction, and it’s $24.99 through our deal.