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Apple announces $159 truly wireless AirPods earbuds

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    The previously leaked Apple AirPods have been officially announced at the company's big event today. They are truly wireless earbuds, following in the footsteps of only a handful of other such products - things such as the Bragi Dash, Earin, Samsung Gear IconX, as well as the recently unveiled Jabra Elite Sport and Bragi The Headphone.

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    Like all of those earbuds, the AirPods come with absolutely no wires, not even to connect the buds between themselves. The AirPods have Apple's new W1 chip built-in, dual optical sensors so they only play when they're in your ears, dual accelerometers (which detect touch to activate Siri when you double-tap), as well as a couple of microphones each.

    Akin to similar products, they come with a special battery-charging case. The battery life should be around five hours per charge, and the case apparently provides 24 hours worth of charges.

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    Unlike Bluetooth headphones, these require no pairing procedure. Once you open the lid of their case, a "Connect" prompt will simply appear on your iPhone, and once you tap that you're set. Furthermore, iCloud is used to let every one of your Apple devices know that you have a pair of AirPods. A proprietary wireless connection is used, so the AirPods will only be compatible with Apple devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra.

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    The AirPods will become available in late October for $159. That price is very competitive in the nascent market of truly wireless earbuds, so Apple could end up selling quite a few of these. Obviously compatibility with non-Apple devices would have helped even more.
     
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