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Hands On: Apple’s AirPod Wireless Earphones Look Crazy, But Work Great


Bottom of iPhone 7

Apple went to great lengths to talk about the new iPhone 7 colors and how lovely the iPhone 7 looks, but it also warns that the glossy new Jet Black iPhone color is more susceptible to scratches than other iPhone 7 colors.

The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process.

In the box is a set of phones of course, which attach via the new port – meaning that you will be unable to listen to music or use the phone while your device is charging. Using iCloud, Apple can automatically pair all your other devices too. On this one, there’s no “cradle” for the base of the phone to sit in; you simply plop the phone’s Lightning port over the connector.

“The reason to move on [is] courage”, said Apple’s Phil Schiller in revealing the change.

If you choose any variant of the Jet Black iPhone 7, however, you’ll get a shipping date of 3-4 weeks.

These are the options we’ve seen so far, but there are sure to be more on the way.

Apple is bundling the Lightning EarPods and the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with every iPhone 7, but if you happen to lose them, a replacement will cost you Rs. 2,500 ($29 in US) and Rs. 900 ($9 in US) respectively.

This means if you’re using headphones with a traditional 3.5mm jack, you’ll first need to plug these into Apple’s official Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, then plug this adapter into the Belkin adapter.

All this comes at a price with the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models priced at starting at £719, £819 and £919 respectively.

I tried on a pair of AirPods in Apple’s brightly lit hands-on room, a few minutes after the main event concluded. The iPhone 7 Plus features twin 12MP cameras, able to achieve a 2X high-quality optical zoom.

Let’s look at the bigger picture first – despite of Apple still being one of the tech giants in the market, its sales are still declining.

The Apple Lightning Dock includes a headphone jack for using wired headphones or speakers while charging.

By comparison, prices start from $649 in the USA for the iPhone 7 and $769 for the iPhone 7 Plus – these directly convert to £490 and £579 respectively, suggesting the United Kingdom is paying a premium for the handsets compared to customers in the States.

Assuming that condition is met – and you still have your phone to trade in – you can make the exchange at a nearby Apple Store.