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Apple Wins Patent for Sports Oriented AirPods with Biometrics & Noise Cancellation Features - Patently Apple
Last Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications all titled "Earbuds with Biometric Sensing." Five days later and Apple has been granted this patent that also covers a noise cancellation feature
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yesterday by twleung
AirPods and Apple Watch Called 'Underpriced' to Bring New Users Into Apple Ecosystem - Mac Rumors
Apple is underpricing AirPods and the Apple Watch in an effort to bring new users into its ecosystem, according to Neil Cybart of Above Avalon. The...
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yesterday by twleung
How the AirPods show Apple’s frustrating and delightful quest for simplicity | Macworld
Tap-tapping your earbud and asking your phone out loud to turn the volume up doesn't seem simple—but would a complex series of gestures really help?
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yesterday by twleung
How the AirPods show Apple’s frustrating and delightful quest for simplicity | Macworld
Tap-tapping your earbud and asking your phone out loud to turn the volume up doesn't seem simple—but would a complex series of gestures really help?
Making complex things simple: Perhaps more than any other trait, this is Apple’s superpower. When it’s at the height of its powers, Apple takes complex technologies and boils them down to simple products that delight their buyers.
Complexity is always in our faces, shouting, demanding more. Cutting-edge technology is fundamentally complex. Integrating a suite of technologies together into a single product adds further complexity.
airpods  review  simplicity 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Apple’s latest digital health solution: AirPods | Computerworld
Maybe Conan O'Brian's Apple Healthcare joke was actually prophetic.
I’ve been monitoring the evolution of digital health for years.
Over time it has become increasingly certain that the next wave of digital health devices will provide much deeper analysis of what shape you are in than telling you when to stand up. Apple’s next adventure on this journey puts…
Health in your ears
Three newly-published Apple patents (filed September 2015) tell us a little about how Apple hopes to put health solutions inside its connected products. While the mere existence of patents doesn’t mean anything, the contents do hint how Apple thinks.
health  airpods  patents 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: The Curious State of Apple Product Pricing
Another good column from Neil Cybart at Above Avalon:
It is very difficult to find a pair of wireless headphones priced lower than AirPods. In the run-up to Apple unveiling AirPods this past September, the wireless headphone market consisted of the following players:
Kanoa: $300
Bragi Dash: $299
Erato Apollo 7: $289
Skybuds: $279
Earin: $249
Motorola VerveOnes+: $249
Samsung Gear IconX: $199
Bragi Headphone: $149
Given the preceding list, a strong case could have been made for Apple to price its new wireless headphones at $249, or even $299. The fact that Samsung priced its Gear IconX at $199 seemed to suggest a sub-$200 retail price for AirPods was unlikely. Instead, Apple sent shockwaves pulsing through the market by pricing AirPods at only $159. The action instantly removed all available oxygen from the wireless headphone space. The idea of Apple coming out with a new product that would underprice nearly every other competitor was unimaginable ten years ago.
He makes a strong case that Apple Watch is underpriced compared to its competition, too.
AirPods are still showing a delivery estimate of “6 weeks”. Either demand remains unexpectedly strong or production remains unexpectedly difficult (or some combination of both).
airpods  pricing  daring_fireball 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Above Avalon: The Curious State of Apple Product Pricing
Another good column from Neil Cybart at Above Avalon:

It is very difficult to find a pair of wireless headphones priced lower than AirPods. In the run-up to Apple unveiling AirPods this past September, the wireless headphone market consisted of the following players:

Kanoa: $300

Bragi Dash: $299

Erato Apollo 7: $289

Skybuds: $279

Earin: $249

Motorola VerveOnes+: $249

Samsung Gear IconX: $199

Bragi Headphone: $149

Given the preceding list, a strong case could have been made for Apple to price its new wireless headphones at $249, or even $299. The fact that Samsung priced its Gear IconX at $199 seemed to suggest a sub-$200 retail price for AirPods was unlikely. Instead, Apple sent shockwaves pulsing through the market by pricing AirPods at only $159. The action instantly removed all available oxygen from the wireless headphone space. The idea of Apple coming out with a new product that would underprice nearly every other competitor was unimaginable ten years ago.

He makes a strong case that Apple Watch is underpriced compared to its competition, too.

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11 days ago by rufous
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Wore my and to discourage people from talking to me at SXSW and it's working!!
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15 days ago by chadjw
The Finer Things in AirPods – Finer Things in Tech
Apple’s new AirPods have quickly become my favorite headphones I’ve ever owned. They have their shortcomings, but their excellent array of features greatly outweigh the cons for me.
I received mine just before Christmas, and there’s barely a day I leave the house now when they aren’t with me. In that time I’ve found AirPods to have some unexpected advantages and perks, so I’d like to dig into some of the details of what makes AirPods a great set of headphones.
airpods  review 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Earhoox 2.0 for Apple EarPods & AirPods: 4-Pack | Cult of Mac Deals
Earhoox 2.0 for Apple EarPods & AirPods: 2-Pack: Apple EarPods Falling Out? Keep Them Snug with Earhoox
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18 days ago by twleung
Magnetic Brooch Helps Wearers Keep Track Of AirPods
The piece magnetically attracts the wireless earbuds so they stay within easy reach. The magnetic brooch comes in silver or gold,
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20 days ago by twleung

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