Apple’s AirPods make Google Glass look even more ridiculous (if that’s even possible)

“It may seem like just another bluetooth ear bud, but look again at the technologies embedded in the AirPod,” Jeffrey Kantor writes for Quora. “It senses when it’s in your ear, uses accelerometers to detect motion. With a tap the beam-forming microphone accepts input to the Siri assistant which, like the Amazon Echo, is rapidly becoming a primary user interface to the internet. Airpods sync across all your Apple devices via iCloud placing the AirPod as a peer to the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch.”

“It’s an iPhone in your ear,” Kantor writes. “Instead of finger gestures, you simply talk to it with a familiar vocabulary. It uses your hearing instead of your eyesight to communicate with you”

“Think about how it could evolve. In fact, how long will it be before you no longer need an iPhone at all? For example, need to call someone? Just tap your ear and ask Siri. Or ask Siri to play a song for you, schedule an appointment, or check your messages,” Kantor writes. “Ask for directions and your AirPod could wirelessly communicate with the GPS in your Apple Watch to give you a map, whisper turn-by-turn directions in your ear, mention a local coffee shop, tell you when the next bus is due at your location, or that the Uber driver you requested is waiting at the corner.”

iPhone 7 with Apple's revolutionary AirPods
iPhone 7 with Apple’s revolutionary AirPods

 
“With accelerometers it can sense if you’re moving or standing, or nodding or shaking your head in response to a question. With AirPods you can hold your head up and walk down the street, ride a bicycle, or drive a car and not dangerously bury your face in an iPhone,” Kantor writes. “It’s an intriguing vision of the future for mobile technologies comparable to Google glass in ambition but further along in execution.”

Read more in the full article here.

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MacDailyNews Take: Jeffrey Kantor gets it.

An LTE-enabled Apple Watch and a pair of AirPods would supplant a great deal of iPhone’s current functions.

Can’t innovate anymore, our collective ass.

As for the AirPods looking alien: Tape a pair of wires on the ends of each and you’ll see that they look very much like the type of earphones that everyone is very used to seeing by now (which, for those who remember, we weren’t used to seeing before iPod – people thought those looked “alien,” too). We’ll all get used to the lack of wires soon enough.MacDailyNews, September 14, 2016

 
SEE ALSO:
Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Apple’s AirPods – September 17, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook: AirPods won’t fall out of your ears (with video) – September 14, 2016
What AirPods can tell us about Apple’s future – September 12, 2016
Hands-on with Apple’s new AirPods: Stayed in my ears, sounded awesome – September 10, 2016
Apple and a truly wireless future: AirPods are just the start – September 10, 2016
Whoever makes the first AirPods strap is going to get rich – September 8, 2016

27 Comments

    1. Apple is wrong about the 5hr limit on a single battery
      charge. If you buy two sets, after 5hours you just take
      out the other Ear Pods from their charging case in your
      pocket and keep on listening for up to 48 hours total.
      I hope they also have a color option so I could have
      one set in white and one in jet black to match my
      iPhone 7plus in jet black coming Oct 18. Help me
      somebody !!! I need an intervention. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Did you say that about the EarPods? No, of course not.

      “As for the AirPods looking alien: Tape a pair of wires on the ends of each and you’ll see that they look very much like the type of earphones that everyone is very used to seeing by now (which, for those who remember, we weren’t used to seeing before iPod – people thought those looked “alien,” too). We’ll all get used to the lack of wires soon enough.” — MacDailyNews, September 14, 2016

        1. The point is that tens of millions, possibly 100+ million users today use EarPods and do not think they are “coyote ugly.” AirPods are basically the same thing w/o the wires. MDN is correct, as usual.

            1. So there aren’t 100 million people who use them out of 1 billion iOS devices? Even if 90% of people don’t use them, that’s massive addressable market who do. Let’s see $159 x 100,000,000= $15.9 billion in sales…. that’s a nice little business.

    1. I am sincerely surprised to hear this refrain from endless know-it-alls who have never laid hands or even eyes on AirPods. I read as many first-impression reports from those that were at the event as I could find, and the vast majority reported that the units stayed in their ears, even with vigorous activity. But it’s Apple, so it’s more fun to jump on the brain-dead meme that “of course they will fall out and get lost.” I’m sure many WILL lose an AirPod. People lose shit all the time. But it shouldn’t be astounding to think that a lightweight object inserted in the ear, without the weight, or snagging of, connected wires will stay in place. I once knew a guy who didn’t know he’d left a Q-Tip sticking out of his ear until the cashier at the supermarket told him.

      1. Was not referring to their falling out. Simply, given the laws of entropy, the chance of their becoming separated increases unless you return them to the charging box when not in use. Oh wait…who would NOT ever return them immediately to the charging box? 😉

    2. An interesting extrapolation of the lost and found scenario. Are AirPod left and right paired in a certain way? Can you mix left and right pairs if you just randomly grab one side each from a box of lost AirPods? Even if not lost would you keep the undamaged one so in the future the other side broke you would be able to have a ‘working’ set?

      Also an aside, since the AirPods are not connected physically do they show up as 2 bluetooth devices on a non-Apple product?

  1. Is it legal to wear the earpods while driving? I know that headphones/earbuds are illegal to wear while driving but bluetooth headsets are legal (I guess because they only go in one ear). Maybe it’s legal to wear one earpod while driving but not both?

  2. Didn’t read the full article, so maybe it was mentioned. I think it is notable how good the ear is for sensing body temperature and heart rate. Seems like a natural place to augment the Watch for healthcare.

    1. You’re right. Definitely surprising that with the introduction of, not one but two, new black iPhones, that they did not come out of the gate with a black version of AirPods. I’d be willing to bet we’ll see additional colors by next Spring.

  3. This article comes very close to falling down a rabbit hole into fantasy.

    Here’s what to remember:
    1) The AirPods are tools used to communicate with ANOTHER device.
    2) That other device has to be within the confines of the Bluetooth distance restriction.
    3) That other device is doing all the heavy lifting. If the other device isn’t capable of the heavy lifting, tough luck. For example, you don’t have access to the Internet or a mobile network via just an Apple Watch.

    IOW: You need a service capable device within the range of the AirBuds, such as an iOS device or Mac. AirBuds on their own can’t do heavy lifting and never will… Until we discover inter-dimensional communication. 😉

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