Alongside the headphone port-less iPhone 7, Apple introduced AirPods, which are best be described as Apple EarPods but wireless. And while that may not sound like much for $159, we tried them, and they are amazing. However, nothing is perfect, and AirPods are certainly no exception. Below, we’ve listed a few things that could make the next generation of AirPods even better.
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Next Generation of AirPods: A New Design
One drawback of the first-generation AirPods is they kind of look silly. I’ve certainly gotten looks walking down the street with them. While I don’t think this is entirely an ascetic issue, many people don’t even know they exist; I believe they do look a bit out of place.
Considering when you compare them to EarPods, they look obese, maybe slimming them down a bit would be a good start. Also, a Jet Black option would be excellent.
You have this amazing, brand new, waterproof iPhone 7, and the guy at the Apple Store recommends some AirPods. While AirPods are a great companion, they don’t share the same abilities as the iPhone when it comes to wet situations.
I once wore my AirPods in the rain, and it felt like I should not have been doing it. When exposed to a significant amount of water, I am sure AirPods would stop working.
Additionally, this means they are not sweat-proof, which hurts what I think is one of its biggest selling points: exercising alongside the Apple Watch. They’ll certainly hold up, but they aren’t made for it.
Next Generation of AirPods: Siri
With AirPods, you have two forms of interaction. The first is Play/Pause, which is done by taking an AirPod out of your ear. Everything else is done through Siri, which isn’t great.
When you activate Siri by double-tapping on an AirPod, it activates Siri on your iPhone and uses AirPods as a mic. This results in both a delayed experience and an interface not made for AirPods.
My first request would be for Siri actually to be built into AirPods, and second for it to work offline. This would elevate some of the struggles of getting things done wirelessly.
On a similar theme, the only way to control volume on AirPods is via Siri. This is intolerable. Let’s say your listening to a great song and want to turn the volume up a notch or two. You don’t want to have to pause your song to tell Siri to do it, so you either deal with it or pull out your phone.
Maybe either via a triple tap or something, but there has to be a native way to do this on AirPods.
Onboard Storage and Fitness Tracking
This is more of a stretch, and I have a theory of how Apple is approaching this, but it would be cool to sync songs to AirPods and be able to take them on a run as a standalone product, along with something like heart-rate monitoring.
This could technically all be achieved with an Apple Watch paired with AirPods today, but it would still be cool to have it in one package.
More Sizes and Fits
While AirPods fit excellently into my ears and everyone I’ve had to try them on, some users need different sizes. If Apple could figure out a way to resize without making things complicated, it would likely expand the user base.
AirPods are overall a fantastic product you should consider. And while there are flaws, they are one of the best products Apple has released in years.