Elena Cresci, writing for The Guardian:
Of all the widely ridiculed tech products, Apple’s AirPods have
experienced an extraordinary turnaround. Back in 2016, they were
roundly mocked by the tech industry. Tiny wireless earbuds? It
seemed like a recipe for disaster — streets would be littered
with these lost headphones, which would clutter up city pavements
like discarded gloves and babies’ socks.
“If only there were an invention that could keep those AirPods
tethered together, like a string,” wrote Ashley Esqueda from the
tech website CNET on Twitter. “The beauty of the headphone cable
is just like the beauty of a tampon string: it is there to help
you keep track of a very important item,” wrote Julia Carrie Wong
in the Guardian.
I never understood the notion that AirPods look weird. They look exactly like wired earbuds, without the wires. I do get the initial skepticism that they’d fall out and get lost frequently, but somehow Apple designed them not to, and it’s worked.
Turns out they’re one of the best products Apple has ever made. Almost everyone I know who has them loves them.
★ Monday, 11 February 2019