Apple’s AirPods make me feel like an alien

“I laughed at Apple’s wireless AirPods when they were first announced. I sat on Twitter and shared the same jokes as everyone else, and never dreamed they’d be in my ears. ‘They look stupid,’ I thought, and everyone seemed to agree,” Tom Warren writes for The Verge. “It’s with much regret that I’m now using AirPods as my headphones every day, but I still think they look stupid. Others do, too, apparently, because people keep staring at me as if I’m from outer space.”

“I tried a pair during a recent work trip and I was surprised at how easy they linked to the iPhone despite the lack of wires. And the battery charging case is just clever,” Warren writes. “Untangling headphones is a headache, and feeding them through your jacket or having them tugged out of your ears can be frustrating.”

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

 
“All of these first-world problems are solved with the AirPods, but at a weird expense,” Warren writes. “As this is new technology, most people haven’t seen a pair of AirPods where I live, let alone tried them. I receive puzzled looks on a daily basis, and I’m fairly sure most people think I’m wearing some wild earrings or making some kind of statement by cutting the wires of the iconic Apple EarPods.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’ll blow over soon enough. It’s already happening.

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

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15 Comments

  1. I’d consider them if they weren’t so bright white, screaming look at me! I might buy them when they are black (and don’t have to pay a third party to make them black).

    1. ”What do I care what anybody else thinks?” ”What do I care what anybody else thinks?” I would love if someone kept repeating this aloud whilst wearing the AirPods and riding public transport. Maybe rock back and forth slightly with eyes tightly clenched to sell it.

  2. I hand painted mine with acrylics – I do love that Apple unwittingly made them so customisable – and the rat’s nest of wires is banished to the parts bin.

  3. Tom, if I had to bet on it, I would say you were relatively young — a millennial, maybe?

    While traveling through Hong Kong in the 1980s I was envious to see people listening to their Sony Walkmans with wireless earbuds, tether-free. What a simple, great idea! I figured it would not be long before we saw them in the USA. But I was wrong. It is surprising how long it has taken. Now this crybaby, Tom Warren, is whining because he thinks they make him look funny? Dude, did you ever think how stupid those wires made you look? (Nevermind the hassle of them getting tangled all the time, not to mention caught on things.) Shall we talk about “defining deviancy down”? Geez, Louise, Tom, figure it out, look on the bright side. And stop complaining!

    One more thing, Tom: you don’t have to wear them.

  4. These fscking idiots are the same deep thinkers who couldn’t stop pissing themselves about the name “iPad.”

    Airpods look fine. This will be normal in no time.

  5. a follower would feel self-conscious wearing them, worrying what everyone else thinks. A leader wouldn’t care what anyone else thinks and sets the trend. In a year they will look totally normal and cool. I love my airpods and think those twisted wires look stupid. The airpods look like the future not the past.

  6. Probably no different than the Bluetooth earpieces. When they first came out you looked like a knob wearing them. Eventually people got used to seeing them and no longer give a second glance.

    That being said… they would be a lot lot noticeable if they were black, but I think that’s sort of why they aren’t. Apple wants them to be noticed and they want people to recognize them as an Apple product.

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