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New Apple AirPods accessory will have you shaking your head

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AirPods Strap
A strap! What a novel idea for headphones!

Apple hailed a wireless future with the reveal of the £159/$159 truly cable-free AirPods earphones last week.

The W1 chip-enabled buds, which only work on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus smartphones, have batteries that last five hours - or alternatively, until music fans lose or swallow them.

Now accessory maker Spigen has a $10 solution (via 9to5Mac) that’ll eliminate those final two issues, although it can’t help with the battery life that might get you to lunchtime if you’re lucky.

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The AirPods Strap slides onto the bottom of the electronic toothbrush head-like devices.

As well ensuring the buds don’t slide down a drain if they ever fall out (good luck, runners), the strap will also enable users to rest the buds around their neck if, heaven forbid, they’re not using or charging them.

Effectively, the accessory looks exactly like the type of thing you’d buy for your sunglasses and the principle is similar.

Although the accessory is not an Apple product, it again highlights how Apple’s push towards new standards is inconveniencing significant percentages of its user base.

The USB-C MacBook has a single port, while the iPhone 7’s lack of 3.5mm jack means those with traditional headphones will be forced to use an adapter.

If you’re paying that much money for a pair of sub-par headphones that won’t work with any other device you own (unless it also has an Apple logo), what’s an extra ten bucks to ensure you're less likely to lose them within days?

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Bugblatter

September 13, 2016, 12:03 am

Hey a little more respect please! After all Apple did invent the headphone socket with the original iPhone, so if they want to remove it then that's their right!

Erm, /s in case it wasn't obvious...

This whole business feels like the old Steve Jobs Apple, except a lot of his ideas actually worked even if he went about things like a twerp.

theTazman19

September 13, 2016, 8:42 am

"They only work with iPhone 7" do they? Utter rubbish - dont you guys do any research? Suggest you visit the Apple website pronto Trustedreviews!

Gareth Burleigh

September 13, 2016, 8:43 am

Wow upset about these much Chris?

Subpar for something you have yet to se or use. Much like Trusted Reviews current crop of 'reviews' which are basically what you saw at a tradeshow and have zero time with to actually use But hey why try and correct the nosedive this site is on now.

Also I believe they do work with other devices just the Apple centric features won't work which makes total sense.

Gareth Burleigh

September 13, 2016, 8:45 am

Honestly more and more this site makes me shake my head and more often than not when it does its Chris' name at the top of it.

This was a truly good site once upon a time ago, I honestly hope they back off this clickbait business model and start to earn their good reputation back

theTazman19

September 13, 2016, 9:13 am

Agreed mate. Poor grammar, inconsistencies in reviews. Was a good site once upon a time. Not any more!

cheese king

September 13, 2016, 11:35 am

I tend to agree, I never use this site any more for reviews, unless i'm reading a very old one. No idea why I still browse this site from time to time, I may just stop.

Is it me, or do the TV reviews look like re-written reviews from other sites... hmmm..

cheese king

September 13, 2016, 11:39 am

i'd like to see a point where Apple have a massive customer kick back, like samsung and the SD card, this might be it but there are a lot of apple sheep out there who just love being told how to consume their gadgets. How are powered buds that only last 5 hours better then a cable which never runs out of juice, you'll be forever forgetting to charge this and that, phone, watch, buds etc. Sometimes I think apple are actually devolving. Perhaps when we can get a full month out of a Bud maybe, but also, these are just going to drop out and get lost, totally stupid idea. MAJOR FAIL.

Chris Smith

September 13, 2016, 1:07 pm

Gee, thanks. Tazman, you're right too. I should have clarified "only smartphone" because they also work with other products that have an Apple stamp on. As long as you have a Mac, iPad and Apple Watch, you're totally cool!

Evan

September 13, 2016, 2:24 pm

We're always very clear when it's a hands-on where we've spent some time talking to product developers and marketers and using the product. Aside from the titles and copy it's also clear since full reviews have a score, pros and cons and are far longer.

Many people want to know what's coming up and first impressions of a product. We make it very clear that's what it is, however through the filter of experts who have a years of domain expertise and can provide some early insights.

I believe the quality of reviews on the site has improved significantly in the past year or so. We are producing a lot more news and features and it sounds like this is what you have the most problem with, but would like to know what you like and don't like about the current site. My email address is evan.kypreos@trustedreviews.com if you'd like to get in touch.

Evan

September 13, 2016, 2:25 pm

It is you. Keep an eye on the TV reviews and you'll see that we are often the first to review them. It may well be that the other sites look like us rather than the other way around.

RonRoyce

September 13, 2016, 5:50 pm

The biggest problem with these buds is what happens when the batteries expire. You have to throw them away because the batteries are not replaceable, as has become the norm of pretty much every wearable/mobile product. So, 2-4 years maximum life. I've had my Shure SE530's for 10 years now and they are still going strong, most wired phones will last for a similar length of time and I expect that these buds would too if you could replace the batteries easily by yourself.

I think it is long overdue that non replaceable battery products were banned. It is a massive waste of resources, forcing people to throw away otherwise perfectly healthy electrical goods because the costs quoted to replace the battery by the manufacturer are often beyond economic sense.

Gareth Burleigh

September 14, 2016, 7:35 am

No Evan you are no at all clear about what's hands on, what's a preview and what's an honest product review. You bunch things that you know people are very keen to see under the Reviews header and you only see it isn't an actual review once you have clicked the link at which point click the ad revenue is in and your job is done.

Genuine reviews I always read with interest but more and more I click a 'review' and all that greets me is tradeshow or press release details regurgitated with some baseless opinions thrown in to pad the article out.

If your going to call your site Trusted Reviews reviews it may pay to be more trustworthy, it's not rocket silence if it's a hands on or a preview then just make new headers on the main page that clearly show this. But then you have the problem that people aren't going to click if it isn't a review for an anticipated product and the advertisers like clicks don't they?

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