After revolutionizing headphones by removing the 3.5mm jack, Apple has finally made its coveted AirPods available to buy online. The AirPods were announced alongside the iPhone 7 back in September but saw a delayed release. Apparently Apple was having trouble getting them to work, hence the delay. So, how much do these bad boys cost again?
One hundred and fifty-nine dollars. I had to type that out instead of just the number because it needs to be read to be believed. This price point graciously falls in line with Apple's general luxury item feel. This price point also falls in line with customers coveting Apple products like they are a heart in a box. No doubt the AirPods will sell out fast, no doubt you'll be buying replacements mid-March. AirPods are a sure cash cow for Apple.
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"AirPods will be shipping in limited quantities at launch and customers are encouraged to check online for updates on availability and estimated delivery dates," Apple said in a press release today. That availability includes an estimated four weeks for shipping. May I suggest instead any one of thesemoderately priced wireless Bluetooth headphones in the meantime? If you are spending $160 on AirPods, surely you can manage $40 to hold you over until the new year.
Let's talk about that battery life. That sweet battery life. Five hours of listening time. That is derived from 24 hours of battery life with the charging case and five hours of battery life on a single charge. I'm not sure how you can listen while the AirPods are in the charging case, if you have any insight on that, please comment. Either way, these $35 Bluetooth headphones have seven hours listening time on one charge. For comparison purposes.