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How Much Are AirPods

Updated: Aug 15


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AirPods, the most sought-after earbuds in the market, is by far the highest-selling earbuds in the market since their release. From about 50% of the market share to a little less than 30% at present. The drop may be big and remarkable but you should know that the 2nd in the market, Xiaomi Redmi shares only 16%. The drop in market share is not due to lesser AirPods sales but is due to the growing competition in the lower end of the market. With this, you may ask, why? How much are AirPods?


Apple AirPods


AirPods’ prices are not going down. Some may be concerned about market sales but not Apple. Their ideal customers are not the lower end of the market. Thus, despite the decline in market sales, they wouldn’t budge. Looking at Apple’s numbers alone, AirPods, by the number of units sold, are selling well.


AirPods were released in December 2016. The estimated number of AirPods sold in 2017 alone is about 16 million units multiplied by $200 (the average price of AirPods) which is $3.2B of revenue. In 2018, Apple sold 35 million units or an estimated $7B of revenue. In 2019, they sold about 60 million units with an estimated revenue of $12B.


AirPods (first-gen)


The AirPods are being innovated based on customer needs and wants, and reviews from the currently released versions. This is why Apple’s AirPods first-gen has been phased out from Apple’s online store.


The AirPods first-gen topped the sales during the time it was released. The sleek, minimalist design (which is expected from Apple) gave more royalty than other AirPods. The AirPods pairing with iOS devices is extremely easy. The touch control panels are helpful, especially when multitasking. Lastly, the 24-hour battery (with the help of its charging case), and the fast-charging feature are game-changers.


AirPods features and specifications


Powered by a W1 Bluetooth chip, it goes beyond the regular Bluetooth 4.2 streaming and power management. It balances audio syncing between the two earpieces and syncing with the case. The Bluetooth pairing of the W1 chip gives you a stable BT connection i.e., you don’t have to reconnect over and over again. Once paired, the smart sensors will automatically connect you (in about 3 seconds) continuing your music from speaker to AirPods or vice versa when an AirPod is removed.


It also gives you advanced sensor inputs that automatically pause your music if you remove one AirPod from your ear. You may simply tap an earphone to answer a call or double-tap to go to the next song are extremely helpful for those who use the AirPods while driving. Did we say you may customize the double-tapping command of your AirPods? Because, yes you can!


The W1 chip also helps in battery life. It gives you 5 hours of listening time while you get 2 hours in talk time.


How much are AirPods


In late 2016, when the AirPods first gen was released, the only ones with W1 chips were Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats PowerBeats3 Wireless, and BeatsX. This gives more royalty to the AirPods having the same chip as Beats. The original AirPods, now being called AirPods 1st-gen or AirPods 2016 retailed at $159.


AirPods 2


The AirPods 2, released in 2019, is more powerful with an H1 chip that showed enhancements on battery life or talk time, Siri activation, faster syncing and device switching, and better sound quality. There is an additional hour of single-charge battery life giving you a 3-hour talk time. Now, you can listen to your favorite music with better quality sound too. It also helps you utilize Siri to become your right hand while your AirPods are on. Moreso, the AirPods 2 features faster switching among devices.


AirPods 2 features and specifications


AirPods first-gen supported Bluetooth 4.2 with its W1 chip. The new AirPods use the Bluetooth 5.0 version which allows audio streaming to multiple devices. It also offers a faster and more stable connection to your devices. AirPods 2 features a rich, high-quality sound as Apple said that they have a custom audio architecture in this model.


On one charge, the AirPods can support 5 hours of audio playback and up to 3 hours of talk time. Similar to the original AirPods, the charging case carries 24 hours of battery health. Its charging case offers almost 2 hours of talk time by simply putting back the AirPods in the case for 15 minutes.


The AirPods 2 also features 30% less latency which is beneficial for a better user experience when playing mobile games.


Like the first-gen AirPods, the touch controls of the AirPods 2 are powerful enough to answer calls, play music, etc. But the AirPods 2 activated Siri as your voice assistant. Thus, you may simply command Siri to call your Mom, play a song, lower the volume, or even give directions with a simple “Hey Siri!”


How much are AirPods 2


AirPods 2 is now powered by an H1 chip (its predecessor was the W1 chip). Again, only Beats whose parent brand is also Apple is the only other earbud that carries the same chip. To simplify, the H1 chip’s major components improved its Bluetooth connectivity, decoding the compressed audio stream, and handling of sensor information.


The AirPods 2 with a non-wireless charging case retails at $159 similar to the AirPods 1st-gen when it was released. Alternatively, you may opt to get the one with a wireless charging case bundled at $199 with your AirPods 2.


AirPods Pro


Seven months after the release of AirPods 2, Apple launched the AirPods Pro. Audiophiles would love the AirPods Pro because it’s the first of the AirPods to offer an Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) feature. It also came into a smaller case allowing for a small design of the AirPods.


What’s new? The AirPods Pro offers an in-ear feature with customizable silicone tips that come in small, medium, and large. This way, you will have the perfect fit i.e., for your AirPods not to swing so you wouldn’t lose connection. It is also said to be more comfortable in the ears. You may test its fit through the Ear Tip Fit Test, and if it’s properly placed, the AirPods have a Good Seal and it will tell you.


AirPods Pro features and specifications


Since the AirPods Pro has silicone tips that are in-ear, it lessens the sound coming from outside making it easier for the device to activate ANC. It has an outward-facing microphone that detects your surroundings’ sounds where your AirPods cancel with anti-noise. Likewise, there’s an inward-facing microphone that listens to you - inside your ear and activates anti-noise. Both cancel the unwanted external and internal sounds.


Along with its high-quality sound is the adaptive EQ tuning music to the shape of your ear, the H1 chip also made the amplifier power up the speaker to remove outside noise. The AirPods Pro also lets you share a song or a podcast via Audio Sharing. Moreover, wear your AirPods Pro and feel a theatre-like experience as the Pro surrounds you with music or a noise-free call.


The Force Sensor controls music easily with just one tap. You may also customize your controls by simply changing them on your iPhone and applying it to the AirPods. With such, you may change the press speed, press and hold duration, and microphone changes among others.


How much are AirPods Pro


Because of the ANC features the AirPods Pro comes at a high price. Moreso, it is the only pair of AirPods that has an IPX4 rating signifying it’s water-resistant (but still not waterproof). IPX4 only means it resists splashes of water so never submerge any AirPods in water.


Furthermore, it offers a longer battery life having 4.5 hours of listening time on one charge. Its charging case also has more than 24 hours of charging case. It will also tell you if it’s time to charge.


The AirPods Pro retails at $249.99. It’s pretty high but with the ANC upgrade, we would say the price is right.


AirPods Max


Apple has recently released their AirPods Max which is less of an earphone but more like a headset. The AirPods Max offers high-quality audio that limits distortion giving you deep bass and clean highs. The AirPods Max automatically switches across your iOS devices fast.


It’s the first AirPods that are over-ear headphones. And, unlike the AirPods and AirPods 2, it doesn’t have a charging case that covers its whole body. The charging case covers the one that touches your ears alone. It looks sophisticated with its mesh-design canopy on top of your head and is made to reduce pressure on your head. Inside, it is built with stainless steel; however, on the outside, it is soft to touch. On your ears is a customized mesh that offers pillow-like softness.


Moreso, it doesn’t only come in plain white. It comes in 5 colors - sky blue, green, pink, silver, and space gray which all are two-toned.


AirPods Max specifications and features


The AirPods Max uses mesh textile in your ears and provides you with ear cushions that create an immersive seal. The AirPods Max offers great ANC and delivers high-quality audio because Apple provided us with a custom-built driver that produces sound with ultra-low distortion across the audible range. It mimics those big floor-standing speakers that provide clear playback.


Enter its ANC features and block outside noise. The Max fits and seals your ears, and makes you feel like you’re in the movie scenes. It features spatial audio with dynamic head tracking giving you a theater-like experience. With its external and internal anti-noise, you’re fully immersed in what you’re watching.


The AirPods Max also features Transparency Mode so you may hear what’s going around. When stored in their soft, slim Smart Case, AirPods Max enters an ultra‑low‑power state that preserves charge. Like the AirPods 2, Siri is voice-activated and Siri may announce incoming messages as they arrive with Announce Messages. You can even tell Siri to respond — no hands required.


How much are AirPods Max


It is best when it comes to its battery life. It offers 20 hours of listening, movie watching, or talk time i.e., even when ANC and spatial audio is enabled. If its battery drains, simply place it back in the charger case. A 5-minute stint in its charging case could already give you about 1.5 hours of talk time. The H1 chip enables real-time noise cancellation.


With such high features and being the over-ear headset of Apple, the AirPods Max retails at $549.


Why Are Airpods So Expensive


Many things contribute to the expensive price of the AirPods. We've listed here the major contributing factors as to why are AirPods so expensive.


Advanced technology


AirPods are built with advanced technology for decent sound quality. It also offers automatic ear detection that sensors so well when placed in the ear. The first generation features a W1 chip and it was already a great innovation but Apple innovated it more and place H1 chips on the newer models making AirPods built with highly advanced technology. The AirPods also feature seamless sharing of music with your friends.


Moreover, it is great for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. Since it is an Apple device, it has seamless pairing and a flawless connection with all Apple devices. It is reliable not to cut you off on Bluetooth for sure.


Wireless charging case


The AirPods come with a highly mobile wireless charging case that fits in your pocket. Aside from the protection it gives to your AirPods when not in use, it also offers 24 hours of battery life when fully charged.


Design and comfortability


The minimalistic design makes it sleek and looks classy to wear. It also offers an ergonomic design to make sure it is comfortable enough to be great wearable tech. It's great to wear for hours. The AirPods Pro even has customizable silicone ends for a perfect fit. Moreover, it doesn't fall when you jog or do an activity.


IPX4 rating for the AirPods Pro


The AirPods Pro may be offered at a premium price but it also has prime features like being sweat and water-resistant.


Battery life


The Airpods 1st gen can last up to more than 3 hours but the AirPods now can last for up to 4.5 hours and that's good innovation right there! Know more about AirPods battery life here.


Brand reputation


Let's be honest. No Apple product comes cheap. They're minimalist but are made of high-quality materials. Pricing the AirPods cheaper will give less premium to the product being an Apple brand.


Summary


The AirPods are made with great design, high-quality materials, advanced technology, and great battery life. They also come with a charging case making them a great product; thereby, expensive.


The AirPods first-gen, although now unavailable in Apple stores, was priced at $159. Likewise, AirPods 2 are priced the same with an additional $40 for a wireless charging case. Lastly, the first over-ear headphones are priced at $549.



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