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Apple's New Airpods Reinvent the Wireless Headphone

Always-on wireless earbuds are coming
Image via: Apple

Image via: Apple

In a move that was widely expected, Apple has done away with the headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The development makes way for the introduction of AirPods, wireless earbuds that are always on -- advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music. Connecting the Airpods to an Apple device is as easy as opening up the charging case and tapping "connect." There's also a mic, so you can use the Airpods to talk on the phone and also access Siri. The AirPods rely on a new Apple chip called the W1, which handles the audio and wireless connection. It operates at one-third of the power of traditional wireless chips, enabling AirPods to deliver up to up to 5 hours of listening time on one charge. Keep in mind, though, that AirPods require Apple devices to be running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra to work.

Retailing for $159, Apple's AirPods launch in late October.