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Here's what Apple didn't tell you about its new wireless headphones...


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Apple’s new £159/$159 wireless AirPods earphones have been the subject of plenty of derision since yesterday’s announcement.

Our wearables editor reckons you’re going to need some of Apple's 'courage' to wear them outdoors, since they look like the head of an electronic toothbrush.

However, while there’s no shortage of ridicule for the new W1 chip-enabled buds, there is concern also. Some believe they may be too easy to lose, others are concerned they may be a choking risk for small children.

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In Australia the Competition and Consumer Commission says the dimensions of the buds meet the criteria for the advisory ‘Product Safety Choke Check.’

A spokesperson told Fairfax Media: "As these headphones are small, parents and carers are encouraged to be vigilant to keep them out of reach from young children."

Those concerns have been mirrored by parents who took to social media in droves during and after yesterday’s launch (via Telegraph).

Will you be buying Apple's AirPods to go with your iPhone 7? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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It should be about the games

September 8, 2016, 7:05 pm

If I'm paying £159 for something I make damn sure it stays out of the reach of my kids and they're all old enough to not put things in their mouths. There is at least one reason not to buy these Airpods but I don't think the choking hazard is one of them. It's because they cost £159!

Ash Barker

September 11, 2016, 4:23 am

May sound stupid, but wired is always more advantageous than wireless for everything. 1) Isn't easily lost. 2) Doesn't run out of charge. 3) Doesn't lose signal quality. This is quite easily the dumbest thing invented in recent history.

Noel Grundy

September 12, 2016, 11:50 pm

Are they not just as likely to choke on wired ear buds? Seems an odd argument. Now the price, the chance of loosing (while running etc.) and the possible heath hazards having all that gadgetry stuck inside your ear is another matter.
Why have they got optical and accelerometer sensors?

Prem Desai

September 14, 2016, 6:31 am

There are cheaper ways to look stupid ....

If you really must have these, buy some white cable and stick it to the ends of them with the other end loose in your pocket!


October 5, 2016, 10:07 am

If you don't like them, don't buy them. I personally like them, but apparently you are much more important than me, and so even though many, many people will buy them, they shouldn't exist just cos you have decided not to buy them.

Thats like me (iPhone 7 user) saying that Android shouldn't exist cos i think it's stupid and I'm not gonna buy an android phone. It's just a selfish way of thinking... you are not the only human being on this planet. Most people like the AirPods, a few people don't. And that is totally fine. The problem is when the few that don't start complaining about how a product shouldn't exist just because they don't like it.

Personally I hate wires, and i strive for everything to be Bluetooth, and so finally getting a chip (the W1 chip) that makes wireless audio work like it's meant to is a godsend. Obviously it's not for audiophiles, it's for cable-cutters. I personally will be getting the Beats x headphones instead but its only because the shape fits nicer, but both have the same W1 chip, so are both good options.

Ash Barker

October 5, 2016, 4:27 pm

You need to back up for a moment. You either replied to the wrong person because your reply literally does not address mine, nor the original poster's, comment. Or you're just stating random information, blaming us as bad guys for statements neither of us made nor addressed, so as to get some sort of point across - to which I'm going to infer that you're a little up yourself.

Either way, couldn't care less what you use, or own, nor your opinion on the matter. Not that I don't care for your opinion, but the matters you're addressing have no relation to the original point. I stated my opinion, with valid points, on said product - I didn't give any information beyond that. The original poster did the same (As to which I was basically agreeing to and extending upon their point).

If you wish to get these items, go right ahead. You're going to need to lead a very careful lifestyle, or atleast a restricted one, so you don't lose some over priced items that we've basically already perfected. I can't recall ever knowing if I was a minority, or in the majority, with my view on this - most of the comments here are suggesting they're either against this product... or they're just a bad idea at a minimum.

Anyhow, I'll wrap this up with a please don't reply. I was being generous at pointing out that you've either made a mistake, or are delusional. But as there are no other top comments that are related to your statement in the slightest... I'm believing that the latter may be the case.


October 5, 2016, 6:08 pm

"This is quite easily the dumbest thing invented in recent history."

What I'm saying is that if you think it is dumb, don't buy it. It is 100% definitely not "the dumbest thing invented in recent history"; that is an outrageously false statement.

By saying that it is the dumbest thing invented, I took it as you saying it should not have been invented, but if this was not your intention as your second reply seems to say then I don't really know what you meant because it heavily implied that the product should not exist.

My reply was directed at that last sentence only, as the rest of your reply did kinda seen to make sense mostly, except that it was wrong. However I accept that you were just starting your opinion and got carried away leading to you starting it like a fact.

Wireless is better in many, many circumstances, as (this may seem obvious) it is wireless. This means that you do not need to plug in your phone to your headphones, allowing free untethered listening. You are correct that wireless does have some downfalls, but if "wired is always more advantageous than wireless for everything" then wireless would not exist. As it turns out, two of your three points stated are actually solved by apples new W1 chip (reliable connection) and case (so you don't lose them). So while my original reply was mostly directed at your ignorant last sentence, the rest of your point was misguided, to say the least, but I accept that it is just your opinion.


October 18, 2016, 12:50 pm

Youre wrong


October 19, 2016, 10:11 am

you can buy this Spigen AirPods Strap Never Lose Your AirPods
from amazon for 9.99
I got one
also all Bluetooth buds are small not only the one from apple. Worry?!


October 19, 2016, 4:47 pm

"...others are concerned they may be a choking risk for small children."

Do you realise how many people have choked to death reading this article?

And all because of that one stupid joke!

Amritesh Amrit

October 20, 2016, 7:05 pm

Let me tell you ppl.... We are moving forward and Apple is taking us there ..... U all are idiots and don't know what is the experience of air pods and moreover u all maybe those ridiculous android users ...... Steve jobs is the best and Apple was , is and will be the best ....and this may choke you not children ...... Jerks

Michael Monster

October 22, 2016, 4:24 pm

If you have a child, and you don't want them to choke on these there is a simple answer. Don't buy them. You don't need them. Apple isn't forcing them down your throat.


October 31, 2016, 12:55 pm

Sounds like Darwin's survival of the fittest in action. Airpod choke proof babies will survive, the rest go down in history. < /s>

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