AirPods arriving, pleasing customers with their sound quality

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So far initial reviews are positive. They are certainly up to the task "for [a] normal listening experience for everyday users who aren't audiophiles."

Personally, I love the integration with iOS, and this would certainly be one important reason to consider them. I'm constantly stressing the cables of wired headphones beyond their ability, apparently, as I often end up with a connection that results in muted sound unless I manipulate and hold on the cables (i.e. the second I let go the sound goes bad again). This results in a new headphone purchase. This would obviously not be a concern with wireless headphones.

From the article: "PS: one nice touch: in a very long conversation when the battery of one of the Airpods was gone (after two sound notifications), I could keep one charging while using the reamining [sic] battery from the other. After 10 minutes, I could do the opposite with plenty of battery in the semicharged one. Call was never dropped and the other end didn't notice about these changes. Neat."

Also from the article, here's a screenshot showing how nicely they work with the widget, followed by an explanation of what you're looking at.

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"The iPhone battery widget also has a detailed integration with AirPods, updating whenever the AirPods are in your ear or in the charging case. In the [above] image, the left screenshot shows the iPhone battery widget with each AirPod in the case and charging, and the right screenshot shows one AirPod removed from the case while the other remains inside."

I'll post a link to a teardown of the EarPods, once available, on this thread.

There is a speculative teardown currently available.
 
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iFixit has published their AirPods Teardown.

Highlights:
  • the case's overall power capacity: 398 mAh
  • the case's battery is a 3.81-volt, 1.52-watt-hour lithium-polymer cell with roughly 16 times the power capacity of the AirPods' battery—you should be able to top them up eight times between case charges
  • each AirPod's battery has a 93 milliwatt hour battery—equivalent to a little over 1% of the charge capacity in an iPhone 7
  • model number of the left AirPod: A1722
  • model number of the right AirPod: A1523
 
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To help you find Apple stores with AirPods in stock, Apple has created a tool to check store availability. Follow this link, then click on Check Availability.
 
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AirPods: Waterproof? Drop Test? Find out here.

Also, Australian fitness and tech enthusiast Daniel García has put the AirPods through their paces. Will they fall out of one’s ears while running?

His conclusion: "So in my run today I sprinted, ran down and up a mountain, in the heat and wind and more. I filmed the process (and some sexy Hasselhoff slow-motion of course) and here it is with my review and thoughts at the end. Hope this helps the rest of you.”

Follow the above link to see the full article and view the video.
 
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Just picked up a set of Apple Airpods new and sealed in the box from Craigslist. I love the tech in them. I have a pair of Bluetooth headphones that sound a bit better than the Airpods, but the Airpods' convenience is awesome.
 

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Just picked up a set of Apple Airpods new and sealed in the box from Craigslist. I love the tech in them. I have a pair of Bluetooth headphones that sound a bit better than the Airpods, but the Airpods' convenience is awesome.
Full retail price??
 

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I'm surprised that demand is still that high for them.
 

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I walk to the Apple store yesterday, and they have them in stock.
 

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So far initial reviews are positive. They are certainly up to the task "for [a] normal listening experience for everyday users who aren't audiophiles."

Personally, I love the integration with iOS, and this would certainly be one important reason to consider them. I'm constantly stressing the cables of wired headphones beyond their ability, apparently, as I often end up with a connection that results in muted sound unless I manipulate and hold on the cables (i.e. the second I let go the sound goes bad again). This results in a new headphone purchase. This would obviously not be a concern with wireless headphones.

From the article: "PS: one nice touch: in a very long conversation when the battery of one of the Airpods was gone (after two sound notifications), I could keep one charging while using the reamining [sic] battery from the other. After 10 minutes, I could do the opposite with plenty of battery in the semicharged one. Call was never dropped and the other end didn't notice about these changes. Neat."

Also from the article, here's a screenshot showing how nicely they work with the widget, followed by an explanation of what you're looking at.

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"The iPhone battery widget also has a detailed integration with AirPods, updating whenever the AirPods are in your ear or in the charging case. In the [above] image, the left screenshot shows the iPhone battery widget with each AirPod in the case and charging, and the right screenshot shows one AirPod removed from the case while the other remains inside."

I'll post a link to a teardown of the EarPods, once available, on this thread.

There is a speculative teardown currently available.

Mine only shows the pods, or the case as well
 

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Mine seem to fit well as they don't move an inch no matter how much i move my head. But, the sound quality is a bit distant, kind of like they aren't all the way pushed in. They sit in the bottom of my ear comfortably (almost not noticeable). However, if I hold them pushed in a bit, I'm finding the sound quality is vastly improved. Wondering if my ear doesn't allow them to sit as intended, but allows them to not move. Sound quality is slightly worse as is when compared to my wired earpods which is weird. Held pushed in sound quality is MUCH better than the earpods which is why I think the fit in my ear works, but isn't the intended fit. Trying to figure out if there is somewhere that shows an intended fit diagram?
 

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Mine seem to fit well as they don't move an inch no matter how much i move my head. But, the sound quality is a bit distant, kind of like they aren't all the way pushed in. They sit in the bottom of my ear comfortably (almost not noticeable). However, if I hold them pushed in a bit, I'm finding the sound quality is vastly improved. Wondering if my ear doesn't allow them to sit as intended, but allows them to not move. Sound quality is slightly worse as is when compared to my wired earpods which is weird. Held pushed in sound quality is MUCH better than the earpods which is why I think the fit in my ear works, but isn't the intended fit. Trying to figure out if there is somewhere that shows an intended fit diagram?
Have you tried pointing them towards your mouth rather than down at the ground?
 

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That would affect the microphone more than the speakers, no? If I do that it actually pulls them further out of my ear. I ordered a $10 set of silicon attachments from amazon that have wings on them to hold them into the ears better.