30 years ago, Apple launched the iPhone 7, and from that moment, said goodbye to annoying everyone with wires and a 3.5 mm audio jack. This was good news, as the cord was constantly tangled and broken, and in order to listen to the recordings, you had to keep your smartphone with you at all times. Today, Apple is providing a new technology for wireless headphones - which will be discussed in our article.
Apple’s wireless headphones are commonly known as AirPods. They consist of two headphones, as well as charging, a case and a cable; in addition, the user manual and a warranty card are included in the kit. The peculiarity of such a headset is that it includes headphones with an already built-in microphone and a magnetic body, it is both a cover and a charge for headphones. AirPods look pretty unusual, in some ways even futuristic. The design is emphasized by the white shade of the product.
To date, Apple produces wireless headphones only in this color.
AirPods are very lightweight headphones with a mass of only 4 g, so they hold in the ears much better than standard EarPods. There is a certain difference in the form of inserts. So, the developers of AirPods do not have silicone tips, instead, the creators offered users a ready-made anatomical shape. It is these features that allow the earbuds to hold firmly in the ears of all sizes, even during active sports, for example, while running or riding a bicycle.
The wireless gadget does not rub your ears and does not fall out, even prolonged wearing of such headphones does not cause any discomfort.
A charger is also very convenient: the upper part of the cover is fixed on hinges, magnets provide reliable fastening of the metal elements of the charger. Similar magnets are also provided on the bottom of both AirPods, thus ensuring the most reliable and practical fixation of gadgets in the charger. If you compare the typical wired Earpods and AirPods, you can see that the cost of wireless products is almost 5 times higher, many are concerned about this fact. Users are wondering: “What is so special about such a headset that it costs so much?” But there is a very practical explanation for this. Users who purchased AirPods for themselves admitted that they cost every penny spent on the amount claimed. Here are just some of the advantages of the model.
The first and probably fundamental characteristic that explains the selection of suitable headphones is the quality of audio playback. At AirPods, it's clean, pretty loud and crisp. By the way, it is much better than in traditional headsets with cable, which are attached to iPhones. We can say that these are truly revolutionary headphones that work effectively in both mono and stereo modes. The gadget gives a well-balanced sound with a comfortable number of low frequencies.
As we already mentioned, in AirPods there are no silicone nozzles that are used in standard vacuum headphones . This design allows even while listening to the speakerphone to maintain a certain level of communication with the surrounding space, that is, by inserting AirPods in the ears, the user will not be completely isolated from what is happening around. This is especially convenient when you plan to listen to music while playing sports or walking through the city streets.
AirPods are easy to connect. Everyone knows that traditional headphones that work via Bluetooth are expensive, but they are not of high quality. One of the most common drawbacks is the length of the connection setup. AirPods lacks these shortcomings. Despite the fact that it also connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth, the connection is much faster.
The fact is that this gadget has a special option that allows the product to connect to a specific smartphone. In order to start the work, it is enough just to open the case with headphones, after that the offer to turn on the gadget immediately appears on the smartphone screen. Another plus is the wide range of connections. “Apple” headphones can pick up a signal even in the diameter of 50 m from the source.
This means that you can put your phone on charge and move around the apartment, listening to music without any restrictions.
What devices are compatible with?
Pairing Apple’s wireless headphones with an iPhone is extremely easy. However, the developers made sure that AirPods could connect not only to smartphones, but also to many other devices in their iCloud account (iPad, Mac, as well as Apple Watch and Apple TV) without any difficulties. Not so long ago, the creators made a pleasant gift to all smartphone users by releasing headphones that connect not only to the iPhone, but are also designed for other gadgets, with which they function like a regular bluetooth headset.
In this case, they are combined with smartphones on Android, as well as technology on Windows. Such a connection does not present any difficulty: you just need to make the necessary bluetooth settings on the device, that is, a laptop, tablet or smartphone. However, keep in mind that some special features of the iPod will not be available to all “outsiders”. This is precisely what led the experts to the conclusion that all the same, the vast majority of buyers in this case AirPods will still be owners of Apple phones running iOS 10, watchOS 3.
Apple’s wireless headphones are today represented by two main models: these are AirPods and AirPods Pro. AirPods is a high-quality, tech gadget that delivers all-day sound. AirPods Pro were the first headphones to activate the active noise reduction option.
In addition, each user can choose their own liner size.
In general, the characteristics of these models are as follows.
- AirPods are presented in a single size. There is no noise reduction function, however, the option “Hello, Siri” is always active. The battery life on a single charge is 5 hours, provided that you listen in a case with recharging. The case itself, depending on the modification, can be a standard charger or a wireless charger.
- AirPods Pro. This model with liners of three sizes, the design contributes to the intense suppression of background noise. The "Hello Siri" function is always activated here. It can work up to 4.5 hours on a single charge in listening mode without recharging. Included in the wireless charging case.
How to distinguish the original?
The great popularity of wireless headphones from Apple has led to the fact that a huge number of fakes have appeared on the market, which can be difficult to distinguish for an inexperienced user. That is why we offer a more detailed understanding of the main features that distinguish the original product from the product of a Chinese manufacturer.
The box is branded AirPods made of dense material, designed in a minimalist laconic design. On the left side there are two wireless headphones on a white background, on both sides at the ends there is a flickering stamping with the brand logo. The print quality is very high, the background is white. The side contains a glossy embossed AirPods image, and the fourth contains a small description with brief parameters for the accessory, its serial number and equipment.
The box of fake AirPods is usually made of low quality soft cardboard, there is no description text on them, there is no indication of the serial number and the basic equipment may be incorrectly indicated. Sometimes unscrupulous manufacturers indicate the serial number, but it is incorrect. The image on the box is dull, low quality.
A set of branded headphones includes:
- a battery;
- Headphones directly
- instruction manual.
The creators of fakes most often do not put a user manual or instead put a small sheet with a brief summary, usually in Chinese. For original products, the cable is stored in a special paper wrapper, in copies it is usually untwisted and packaged in film. In real "apple" headphones, the cord is wrapped in transparent polyethylene. If you come across a film with a bluish tint - this directly indicates a fake.
When choosing an iPhone, be sure to check the case for originality: this product is made of high quality plastic, it has compact dimensions, looks very neat and does not contain any gaps. All fasteners are made of metal. The cover of real headphones opens and closes quite slowly, does not jam on the go, and makes a click at the moment of closing.
A fake usually opens easily, since it has a very weak magnet, most headphones do not hear a click.
An indication window is provided on one of the sides of this case, the manufacturing country is written under it, it is not indicated in copies. On the back of the original product is the Apple logo. Differences are also visible when accessories are returned to the case. The originals have a high-quality magnet, so the headphones are easily magnetized - it creates the feeling that they themselves go into the case. Fakes have to be inserted with effort.
You can determine the original AirPods by external features, the main of which are dimensions. These models are very compact, they are much smaller than fakes, while they are comfortably held in the ear and almost never fall out, while fakes are most often quite large. There are no buttons on the original product; they are 100% touch-sensitive. On copies, mechanical buttons are most often provided. Please note that the fake is not able to call Siri voice. Most of the fakes are equipped with LED indicators, which are invisible in the daytime, but in the dark it is clear that the lamps are flashing red or blue.
The easiest, but effective way to find out what is not fake is to check the serial number of the model you are offering. To do this, go to the official Apple website, go to the “Support” section, under the block “Get information about the right to service”, you will find the option “Check service rights for your product”. As soon as you click on it, a page with a blank window will appear on the screen, you must enter a number in it and click "Continue".
If you see a record that the block contains an error, it means that you are facing a fake.
How to connect and use?
Everyone knows that for comfortable listening to audio on any device, you must have at least three buttons: in order to turn the device on and off, adjust the sound volume and switch sound tracks. There are no such buttons in AirPods, so the question arises before the user about how to control this gadget. The feature of this headset is the lack of on / off buttons.
You just need to slightly open the lid of the housing box so that the device is activated. However, the track will not play until the earbuds are in the corresponding auricles. It would seem to be fantastic, however, it has a very real technical explanation. The fact is that the smart system of this gadget has special IR sensors, thanks to them the technique is able to exit sleep mode as soon as it enters the auricles, and if you remove the headphones from your ears, they will immediately turn off.
To see if there is a difference between the Apple AirPods Pro and AirPods wireless headphones, see the next video.