AirPods: Are they worth it?

Marc Sine, Staff Writer

Initially released on December 13th, 2016, the original Airpods were, and still are, one of the most popular pair of earbuds on the market. At the time they came out, they were ahead of its competition because none of the influential brands had come out with anything like this. Other brands have attempted to incorporate all of the necessary wiring and pairing systems into such a small space, but almost every single one failed. Apple had jumped on the train and was determined to create a bud that not only is fully wireless, but also has the necessary sound output that is desired by all people. “I like having no wires. I like the freedom of moving around without a wire getting in the way.” John Finley, a student at Pennridge High School, said when asked what the best feature of the Airpods are. The Airpods featured a secret W1 chip that helped Apple incorporate such a luxurious experience with a sleek and attractive look. The W1 chip uses sensors to tell when each pod is in an ear, and will play automatically play music after the chip tells the pod that it is in an ear. Coming in at $159.99, these Airpods are going to burn a hole in your pocket.

One of the biggest questions Apple had gotten asked was, “When are the AirPods 2 coming out?” Apple recently addressed this situation when they announced the release date of the official “New AirPods”. This hyped up product went on the shelves on March 20th, 2019, less than two months ago. People initially thought that the new AirPods would be the best of the best. Consumers believed that these were going to have better sound quality and overall better looks than the original AirPods. They were quickly fooled when Apple released the specs of the new AirPods that were identical to the originals. With the launch of the new AirPods, Apple also launched a new case for the Airpods that hold a longer charge than the original AirPods and is also a wireless charging case. These AirPods are coming in at a very expensive $199.99 for the AirPods with the wireless charging case and $159.99 for the AirPods without the wireless charging case. If you have the original AirPods, you can purchase the wireless charging case by itself for $79.99. The new AirPods feature a new H1 chip that adds more talk time, faster connection to your iPhone, and you can even get Siri without even touching your phone. After setting up “Hey Siri” in settings, you can use that with the AirPods to quickly send a text, make a call, or even search the web. These hands free settings are a great addition to the new AirPods. It is even better that they kept the price the same. “I haven’t heard of any problems with them.  I have not personally had any problems when I use them.” Samuel Pellegrino said. AirPods are very beneficial to people that want a sleek design that produces great sound quality, but are only for the people that want to spend the money to get ANOTHER pair of headphones.