Apple unveiled its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Wednesday, taking the bold move of removing the headphone jack on the devices and launching new wireless AirPods.
Speaking during the launch event at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller said that it took “courage” to ditch the headphone jack. The new phones will ship with EarPods that connect via the iPhones’ Lightning Connector charging port, as well as an adapter to connect traditional headphones.
Apple’s AirPods, however, are grabbing plenty of attention following the big launch event. Priced at $159, the Bluetooth headphones contain Apple’s W1 wireless chip and charge via a battery in their case. Just 15 minutes in the case gives three hours of listening time, according to Apple, with the case offering five hours of listening time on a single charge.
FoxNews.com got to demo the AirPods at an Apple media event in New York Wednesday. Stylish and futuristic looking, the white AirPods and their case fit in well with Apple’s crisp design aesthetic. Sound quality was impressive and sensors within the AirPods turned them on when they were placed in my ears and turned them off when they were removed.
Built-in microphones also let users conduct conversations through the AirPods and interact with Siri.
As a long-time user of Apple’s iPhone headphones, I thought the AirPods felt comfortable in my ears, although I did wonder whether they could be dislodged during strenuous activity, such as running.