With Christmas just days away, the highly sought after Apple AirPods will hit stores just in time to make a fabulous stocking stuffer. The AirPods, which are being touted as Apple’s answer to the BeatsX, are available for online ordering now with a ship date of December 21st. This announcement comes just in time for that last minute holiday gift rush.
The AirPods were announced in September along with the new, highly antipated iPhone 7, which is Apple’s first phone that does not feature a headphone jack. The reason for the delay in the release of the AirPods is unclear and sources from Apple are declining to comment. There is some speculation that issues could range from sound quality to battery life. Speculation from the Wall Street Journal includes the issue of the 2 independent sound signals that the pods receive from the device they are paired with.
One of the major features of the new AirPods is the enhanced Bluetooth connectivity. The addition of the new Apple W1 chip is reported to eliminate some of the traditional issues that other Bluetooth headsets have, along with optimum battery life management and a sound system that can filter out background while listening to music or talking to Siri.
The five hour battery life of the new AirPods is another feature that makes them highly desirable. This is a longer battery life than other competitors, plus the wireless carrying case holds an additional 24 hours of charging power. If the AirPods start to lose battery life, then all it takes is a fifteen minute stint in the carrying case for an additional three hours of listening.
Something that sets the Apple AirPods apart from the other Bluetooth headsets before them is the fact that both pods are set up to receive sound. In other Bluetooth sets, the sound is only transmitted to one of the ear buds and wired across to the other. Since the AirPods are completely wireless, additional technology and development had to happen for the sound transmission.
You can read more about the AirPods’ highly anticipated release and what makes them the perfect gift here.