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Apple AirPods are a ‘runaway success’, says CEO Tim Cook

The AirPods are Apple’s first wireless earbuds and they look similar to the company’s wired earphones.

By: Tech Desk |
Updated: December 30, 2016 1:10:14 pm
Apple, AirPods, AirPods sales, AirPods India launch, AirPods Tim Cook, AirPods delay, AirPods battery issues, technology, technology news Earlier this month, the AirPods went on sale, and began shipping shortly after Christmas.

The response to Apple’s AirPods may have been mixed so far, but the company described them as a “runaway success”.  Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was recently spotted touring the New York Stock Exchange, told CNBC in an interview the company had a “great holiday” quarter, and called the AirPods a  “runaway success.”

“We’re making them as fast as we can,” he added. Apple AirPods, which are a pair of totally wireless headphones, went on sale earlier this month and shipping started shortly after Christmas in the US and other countries.

Launched alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, AirPods were first unveiled in September. They were originally scheduled to hit the market in October, and were priced Rs 15,400 in India. Apple, however, delayed the release saying they needed “a little more time”.

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AirPods are Apple’s first wireless earbuds and they look similar to the company’s wired earphones. Powered by a new W1 chipset, AirPods have sensors that determine when the earpieces are in your ears. AirPods can wirelessly connect to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, after Apple removed the headphone jack from its current flagships.

While the AirPods are now available for sale, some users have recently discovered battery-related issues with the charging cradle. The charging case comes with its own battery, and when you place the AirPods inside the case, they will be charged up. Apple claims the battery in the case should last 24 hours, but some users say they are not getting anywhere close to this number.

One user on Reddit, “severinskulls” wrote a post detailing the battery issue. He said that after leaving the AirPods in the case overnight – with both case and earbuds charged to 100 per cent – he would wake up to see that 15 per cent to 20 per cent of the battery of the charging cradle was drained. Other users are claiming to have noticed battery drain up to 40 per cent.

It’s not yet clear how widespread this issue is and how many owners of AirPods are facing the problem with the charging case. Apple has so far not acknowledged the issue.

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