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.

I Love AirPods Pro (Part I)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

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!

This Trick Might Save Your AirPods’ Battery Life

· Andrew Orr · Link

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

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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

· Andrew Orr · Link

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

· Andrew Orr · Link

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

· Andrew Orr · Link

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.

Swiper, More Swiping! – Mac Geek Gab 770

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Swiper from Dora with caption Swiper, More Swiping! – Mac Geek Gab 770

Your questions answered, including migrating photos, syncing movies, moving to a new Mac, which earbuds to get, smart bulbs, and much more. Plus, there’s never a lack of things to swipe. And on your iPhone and Mac, that’s a good thing. Come learn five new things with John and Dave!