The Apple AirPods Are a Big Deal (Seriously)

Apple recently announced the iPhone 7. But, the talk of the town is Apple’s bold decision to remove the headphone jack and introduce the AirPods.

The marketing could use some work, lol.

The AirPods features include:

  • A combination of Bluetooth and propriety technology that allows you to pair and switch between Apple devices quickly.
  • Infrared sensors that detect when the pods are in your ear, allowing them to automatically pause and resume audio when you take them out and put them back in.
  • The ability to recognize your voice via vibrations, allowing the earphones to identify your voice over the noise in the background.
  • 2 pods in = stereo sound
  • 1 pod in = mono sound
  • The AirPods will allow for up to 5 hours of listening on a charge. The charging case holds more than 24 hours of battery life.

While these features are impressive, they’re not what make the AirPods truly compelling. The killer app for the wireless headphones is Siri. Two taps on your AirPods and you will engage Apple’s A.I. voice assistant. A voice assistant that has gained a whole new set of tricks.

Apple announced that it has opened up Siri to third-party developers. The new iOS 10 update will allow you to interact with Siri in new and cool ways. Examples include:

  • Pinterest: “Hey Siri, find men’s fashion pins on Pinterest.”
  • WhatsApp: “Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to Alice saying I’ll see you in 15 minutes.”
  • Uber: “Hey Siri, order me an Uber.”
  • LinkedIn: “Hey Siri, send John Smith a connection request.”
  • Monzo: “Hey Siri, send Bob $10 using Monzo.”

Computers in your ear, not wireless headphones, is the best way to describe the AirPods. The seamless switching between devices and new voice commands provide a compelling reason to wear the pods. I could see myself wearing these even when I’m not listening to music so that I can seamlessly interact with Siri.

It’s clear that our primary interaction with A.I assistants will be via voice commands, but until now, there hasn’t been a compelling device to do so. Apple is doing something that no other company has done yet. It’s turned the headset device into something that people will actually wear.

Apple has turned this:

So “cool”, right!?

Into this:

Now that’s cool.

Our interactions with computers is an evolving process. We went from the early days of punch cards to keyboards, to touch screens, and now, voice commands. New technologies allow us to interact with software in easier and more convenient ways.

With the introduction of the AirPods, Apple has potentially created a new product category and has accelerated the voice interaction space. We may come to a point in time where asking your voice assistant to order a pizza is normal. The future rocks!

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