Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls AirPods ‘A Runaway Success,’ Says ‘It’s Been a Great Holiday’ – Mac Rumors

airpods-4Apple CEO Tim Cook toured the New York Stock Exchange with his nephew this morning, where he took a few moments to do a quick interview with CNBC.

Cook said he couldn’t comment on business when asked, but he told the interviewer that Apple has had a “great” holiday season. “It’s been a great holiday,” he said.

When questioned about Apple’s recently released AirPods and the lack of available stock, Cook called the AirPods a “runaway success.” “We’re making them just as fast as we can,” he said.

Introduced in mid-December, the first AirPods began shipping out to customers during the week of December 19th, the first day retail stores began carrying the accessory.

AirPods have proven to be popular with Apple users, and supplies have been constrained since launch. Retail stores and third-party retailers are receiving regular shipments, but many customers have not yet been able to purchase AirPods. Online orders placed today won’t ship out for six weeks.

Reviews of AirPods have been largely positive, with customers praising the sound quality, battery life, ease of connectivity, and better than expected Bluetooth range, but some users have been having battery trouble with their Charging Case.

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Sketchy Video Shows What ‘Jet White’ iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Might Look Like

Back in November, a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggested Apple would add a sixth “Jet White” color option to its iPhone 7 lineup, and while no Jet White iPhone has surfaced as of yet, a video making the rounds tonight hints at what a Jet White iPhone might look like if Apple does indeed release such a device.

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The video, shared by Sonny Dickson, appears to depict an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, both with white casings. While the iPhone 7 Plus features an Apple logo, the iPhone 7 model does not, suggesting it is very likely fake.

Similar iPhone 7 and 7 Plus casing replacements can be found on various auction sites like Alibaba, so it seems the iPhones in the video are sporting third-party shells rather than representing actual forthcoming iPhone models.

Should Apple decide to release a glossy white color option to sell alongside the glossy Jet Black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, both of which have proven to be highly popular with customers, it could potentially look something like the shells of the devices in the video.

Mac Otakara did not indicate when Apple might release its white iPhone 7, and suggested the information, obtained from supply chain sources, could be “unreliable,” so it continues to be unclear if and when we will see actual “Jet White” iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

Wallpapers of the week: Christmas

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About once per decade, Christmas falls on a Sunday.

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AirPods Impressions: ‘Better Than Expected’ Bluetooth, Sound, and Battery Impress Early Users

The AirPods have officially begun arriving to customers in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and the first batch of users have started to share their opinions on Apple’s new wireless headphones. When they were originally announced, many users cited concerns over the look of the protruding AirPods, their sound quality, and their battery life, among other points.

Now, most users who have the AirPods in hand are having largely positive reactions online, with one Redditor summing it up by stating the headphones “are better than expected.” Users are ruling in favor of the lightweight headphones, noting the wide Bluetooth range of their connection with an iPhone, the snappy recharge time, and the simple connection to Apple devices via the W1 chip.

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The AirPods have a strong, consistent Bluetooth signal with a connected iPhone, according to Reddit user Portatort, who said “so far I’ve been able to leave my phone plugged in in the kitchen and roam the whole house while getting clean Bluetooth audio the entire time.” The layout of a house will likely alter Bluetooth performance on a user basis, but it appears Apple’s wireless headphones have a reliably strong connection that facilitates wandering away from your iPhone.

Charge Time and Battery

Users are responding well to the AirPods charge time, with many noting that Apple’s claim of recharging the headphones with 3 hours of playback in about 15 minutes is accurate. Redditor ChrisMorrisOrg said he charged his AirPods from 30 percent to 100 percent in just under 20 minutes. MacRumors poster Moxxham noted that the AirPods themselves come fully charged out of the box, but the case itself was at around 60 percent.

The iPhone battery widget also has a detailed integration with AirPods, updating whenever the AirPods are in your ear or in the charging case. In the below image, the left screenshot shows the iPhone battery widget with each AirPod in the case and charging, and the right screenshot shows one AirPod removed from the case while the other remains inside.

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Another MacRumors reader, hobspain, figured out a way to keep using the AirPods even when the headphones need to be charged. While taking a call, hobspain was notified of dwindling battery in one of the AirPods, so they placed the single bud in the charging case while keeping the conversation going with the other bud remaining in their ear. They eventually swapped buds so the other could charge, all without ending the call.

PS: one nice touch: in a very long conversation when the battery of one of the Airpods was gone (after two sound notifications), I could keep one charging while using the reamining battery from the other. After 10 minutes, I could do the opposite with plenty of battery in the semicharged one. Call was never dropped and the other end didn’t notice about these changes. Neat.

Overall, users appear to be satisfied both with the individual battery life of the AirPods, and in the backup battery — 24 hours of it — included in a fully charged case.

Sound Quality

The current consensus on AirPods sound quality falls into the “better than standard Apple EarPods” camp, but not by a wide margin. ChrisMorrisOrg noticed that low volume audio houses some ambient noise issues in the background, but any normal, mid-range playback will be a normal listening experience for everyday users who aren’t audiophiles.

Having used AirPods for a few hours today, I can say the audio quality is better than standard Apple EarPods, however, you do have a little bit of that ambient/white noise lingering around that you get with any Bluetooth earphones/headphones at low volume. Once you pass about the second notch on the volume, this disappears.

MacRumors reader Boardiesboi mentioned a slightly better sound experience than EarPods as well: “They do sound a bit clearer and better than the standard EarPods. I’m no audiophile but I’m very happy with the sound quality.” Even users on the receiving end of FaceTime calls are reporting sound quality “indistinguishable” from the iPhone’s speaker, “and better than using the EarPods’ mic.”

Have been using them with Facetime Audio for maybe 3 hours (until the initial charge of 65% they came with was gone). At the other end they could not identify I was using a headset or Airpods. This was in two different conversations. So I would say the quality of the microphones is indistinguishable from the one on the Phones and better than using the earpod’s mic. I did speak in a quiet environment so can’t asses about external noise, but the Airpods don’t have active noise cancelation per se.

Concerns

Some have reported potentially disruptive popping and crackling noises with the AirPods, although one user eventually discovered that nearby Bluetooth devices were the culprit for the dip in sound quality on the AirPods.

HOWEVER they have a major flaw. In my case (and 1 other person on twitter I saw so far), the connection (with my iPhone 7) very often gets lost for a split second, with crackling and popping sounds. This is extremely annoying. I’m not sure if it’s my unit, a batch of units, or a generic issue with them all. I’ll continue using them in different settings and see how they go. If it continues I’ll ask for a replacement set. If it’s a wide spread issue, I guess there will be a #PoppingGate of sorts

Ok it seems that my iPhone was too close to my wireless Logitech mouse (on my right), causing interference with the AirPods. I moved my iPhone to the left of me, and have had no disconnections at all for over 20 minutes now

There also appears to be a learning curve with tapping to activate Siri on the AirPods. Redditor Portatort mentioned that “double tap for Siri might require some getting used to. Most double taps don’t seem to activate it. But I might not be tapping correctly.”

Other Points

There are many other topics of discussion swirling around the AirPods today, including the usefulness of automatic music pausing when the AirPods are taken out of an ear. Other factors of Apple’s new wireless headphones will undoubtedly vary on a case-by-case basis, including personal opinions on how the AirPods look when worn, and whether or not they stay firmly in-ear while running. Most reports on the latter subject — including some head shaking user test videos on Twitter — do suggest that the AirPods will make a reliable exercise companion.

Wallpapers of the week: OnePlus 2 pack for iPhone

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Our Wallpapers of the Week category provides photo quality images for your iOS devices every Sunday. Today, we highlight two categories that are frequently very popular. Minimalistic and geometric designs are always on the top of our charts and the following set fits the bill.

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Apple to Charge $69 to Replace a Lost or Broken AirPod – Mac Rumors

On its iPhone Service Pricing page, Apple recently updated its repair and replacement costs for AirPods, which went on sale earlier this week.

Apple doesn’t appear to be offering AppleCare+ for AirPods, instead providing a standard one-year warranty that’s available on all Apple products. If the AirPods need service during that one year period, all work will be covered for free.

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After the one-year warranty has expired, Apple will charge a $69 fee for out-of-warranty service repairs. Battery service for AirPods that lose battery capacity is free during the one-year warranty period or $49 out of warranty.

If you lose or damage one of the AirPods or the charging case, Apple will charge $69 for a replacement, regardless of whether or not the AirPods are still under warranty. The pricing in Apple’s support document is U.S. pricing, and will vary based on country.

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AirPods first went on sale Tuesday morning with shipment dates as early as December 21, but supplies were quickly exhausted. Within an hour, delivery estimates slipped to December 29, and shortly after that, fell again to four weeks.

AirPods orders placed today in the United States will not ship out for six weeks, arriving to customers towards the end of January. Apple is expected to start offering AirPods in stores starting next week, so customers who did not get a chance to pre-order may still be able to get a set of AirPods.

Apple has said stores will be receiving “regular AirPods shipments,” but supplies are likely to be tight as demand is high. Priced at $159, AirPods are wire-free Bluetooth-equipped headphones that are able to provide up to five hours of music playback. AirPods use a new Apple-designed W1 chip to quickly switch between devices, and include features like touch-based controls and Siri. AirPods charge via an included charging case and a Lightning cable.

Super Mario wallpapers for iPhone

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Nintendo will drop Super Mario Run into the App Store on Thursday, December 15. The Apple-Nintendo partnership was first unveiled as, perhaps, the only surprise during the September iPhone 7 launch event. The iDB team couldn’t be more excited about Nintendo’s decision to build a full platform game for iOS, which has been long over due.

We are joining the excitement by offering a way to deck out your favorite iOS device with a set of Super Mario wallpapers with this week’s Wallpapers of the Week. Take a step inside for the downloads.

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