With the heavily anticipated release of the iPhone 7 brings the heavily dreaded slaughter of the headphone jack. That said, Apple boosted our spirits with the announcement of the new Apple AirPods that feature a minimalistic design and complete removal of ALL WIRES. That raises a loaded question that everyone is awaiting the answer to… will they stay in your ears?
Think of it this way, you have a $60 speaker in each ear that is the size of your pinky. Did I mention that these speakers in your ears are completely wireless with no “plan B” if they fall out.
Again, the question arises: Will they stay in your ears?
Susie Ochs of Macworld seems to think so in an article she wrote:
Not only did I dance, I headbanged. I shook my head side to side, I tossed my hair, I jogged in place, and I looked silly doing all of it. The AirPods stayed put, and they stayed loud. The music (more Sia, naturally) sounded full and lush and I couldn’t hear a single word anyone around me was saying, as if I was completely sealed off in a bubble of rock and roll. Pretty impressive.
There are many other writers that have had hands-on experience with the new AirPods and have agreed with Ochs. Others, like Chris Davies of SlashGear, aren’t convinced.
My problem – and one, I believe, which I’m not alone in suffering – is that Apple’s preferred earbud design just doesn’t like staying in my ears. Without any sort of rubber tip or loop, it’s basically a case of hanging the EarPod from my ear and waiting for it to inevitably fall off if I move at more than a brisk walking pace.
The AirPods seem no different, and though they don’t have a wire pulling them down, they also have no safety tether: I can all too easily envisage one accidentally popping out of my uncooperative ear and getting lost. Yes, you can listen to music or make calls with just one bud in place, but that’s not much consolation when you’ve lost half of your $159 purchase.
The decision is up to you. Personally, I am going to wait and learn from others mistakes or successes. I am going to see the feedback that Apple gets in late October after the launch to make my decision. Again, Apple is selling these for $159 and will start shipping in late October.
If you would like to see Apple’s official AirPod website click here.