Apple AirPods review: wireless that wows, earbuds that don’t – The Verge

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Wireless is the future.” That’s how Apple CEO Tim Cook justified removing the headphone jack from the newest line of iPhones. You won’t need a headphone jack in the future, Cook argued, because wires will be a thing of the past.

To back up that vision, Apple announced four pairs of wireless headphones at this year’s iPhone event. Three were Beats-branded headphones. But it was the fourth that drew the most attention: truly wireless versions of Apple’s EarPods that cost $159, known as AirPods.

Now, after a few months of delays, the final production version of AirPods is here, and I’ve finally had a chance to test them out. While I found more to like than I expected, AirPods feel very much like a first draft of that wireless future.

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