Running with them at a nearby lake wasn’t a problem at all. The AirPods never dropped a connection, and they pair easily with the iPhone. But I’m a little less worried about losing them now. Still, I’d only really advise against them if you’re prone to losing things. (Not my favorite activity.) And while AirPods switch smoothly between Apple Watch and iPhone, they won’t pair simultaneously with your phone and your Mac or other Bluetooth-enabled device. Ear shape may vary results, but I had no problems. (And I’m not a particularly smooth or elegant runner, believe me.) Ditto while jump-roping. Overall, I’d say AirPods aren’t a must-have product because you lose some function by going wireless. For me, that’s a slight step down from headphones that let you connect to several devices at once. Many of my initial thoughts stand. AirPods lack many functions I expect from headphones, such as being able to control the volume from the cord. Siri picks up the slack — and you can ask her quietly to change the volume or skip a track — but it takes longer than a button-press and requires me to talk to myself in public. Take an AirPod out of your ear, and you have to hold it — tightly, in my case, for fear I’d drop one and lose $80 down a swan’s gullet. I didn’t notice a dip in audio quality. They do come with a one-year warranty, plus out-of-warranty service in case you lose or damage them — but replacing a lost one would cost you $69 each. I still had no problem with the five-hour battery life, though those on long flights may disagree. (Marcio Jose Sanchez, The Associated Press)
Those expecting some extra cash this holiday season may be eyeing Apple’s $160 AirPods as a present for themselves. I still have my gripes. I don’t often get tangled in my headphones, but it was nice not worrying about it while pulling on a sweatshirt or doing a jumping jack — a glimpse into a future world without wires. Ideally, AirPods would always be in your ears or in their charging case, but we do not always live in an ideal world. Losing AirPods would be much more frustrating than mislaying a $15 pair of headphones from the airport. Apple recently sent along a pair for me to test, replacing some pre-release AirPods I’d played with before and found a little too ahead of their time for most people. Related Articles

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Plus, I still missed the cord as a safety blanket. With my prime worry gone, I reveled in the freedom of not having a cord. But if you think you can keep track of them and are intrigued by their compact convenience, AirPods are an interesting step into the wireless future. They could easily slip into the wash in a pocket with my loose change. 7, 2016, in San Francisco. They actually held up better during exercise than when I had tried sleeping with them in my ears. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, talks about the features on the new iPhone 7 earphone options during an event to announce new products, Wednesday, Sept.