A year later, AirPods remain basically unrivaled as the best truly-wireless earbuds

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9to5Mac, makes a solid case for the AirPods being the best truly wireless earbuds you can buy.

I love mine, love the sound, love the design, love the convenience. One of my all-time favorite Apple products.



  • Kip Beatty

    This is an underreported story. First, I’m with you. I didn’t think they would be a big deal, but after I had them for a month, I realized I loved my AirPods in a way I’ve loved few products. They’ve become essential.

    As for the story, they were met with endless amounts of criticism when they launched. Ugly! Too expensive! Shitty sound! No buttons! Another example of Cook having lost the way! Jobs would never have released these!

    Yet, here we are a full year later and every company that has tried to come up with an alternative has failed miserably. Google, Samsung, various headphone makers, etc. Their products are terrible period, let alone compared to the AirPods. They are an example of Apple at its best, yet you’ll read very few followups to the original claims of another Apple flop.

    • I couldn’t agree more. My expectations were not high, but AirPods have turned out to be the most enchanting and well-rounded Apple product I’ve bought in, well, maybe too long.

      Horace Dediu is focused on this product and the impact of wearables on Apple’s business:

      “The seamless integration of such devices is what has always set Apple apart.”

  • John Kordyback

    I thought they were going to be dorky when I first saw them. I thought they would have the problems that a lot of people predicted. And I eventually bought them on a whim expecting they’d be “good”. And I was completely wrong, they are amazing.

    What I didn’t expect is how good they are for video conferencing. Being untethered from your computer during hour long meetings is liberating.

    They also setup the Apple Watch 3 to be the next iPod – no one saw that coming.