Today I saw a miracle in the subway: a man was driving and listening to music through wired EarPods. Do you remember the last time you saw something like this? Here’s something.
In 2022, wired headphones have become a rarity, and Apple is definitely to blame for this. Personally, I can’t even remember where my wired EarPods are lying around. And all because back in 2016 I started using brand new, wireless AirPods, which I then changed to AirPods Pro.
But Apple has spent so much time and effort to create the perfect wired headphones! Let’s briefly recap the story:
year 2012. Apple came up with EarPods
In 2012, Apple introduced the iPhone 5, and with it completely updated wired EarPods, which had an unusual shape, a remote control on the wire and came with every new iPhone.
According to the developers from Cupertino, in order to create the ideal shape of the headphones, they studied and scanned hundreds of ears. And indeed: in EarPods, the sound was much better than in previous Apple Earphones, they kept better in the ears and did not cause discomfort during prolonged use.
After 4 years, the headset has changed slightly: instead of a mini-jack, the headphones received a Lightning connector due to Apple’s refusal from the traditional headphone jack in their smartphones. In the same 2016, the guys from Cupertino presented the world with the first wireless headphones of the same shape as EarPods.
AirPods of the first generation, without the ability to charge the case wirelessly. Nostalgia…
Then the new AirPods were perceived more as an optional accessory. If you have money, you can, of course, buy yourself a novelty. But most iPhone owners continued to use the bundled wired EarPods because they were free and the sound was more than good.
However, by the release of AirPods Pro in 2019, wireless headphones ceased to be a status accessory: almost every iPhone owner already had a white box with airpods. And this is despite the fact that at that time Apple still included wired EarPods with new iPhones.
Before the New Year holidays that year, AirPods became the most desired gift among American teenagers, overtaking Nike and Louis Vuitton in popularity. Isn’t this an indicator that people liked listening to music and communicating wirelessly as much as possible?
The problem of wired headphones in a limited shelf life
One of the possible breakdowns of EarPods.
In addition to the popularity of AirPods, one should take into account another important factor that influenced the majority of users to refuse wired headphones: EarPods became unusable very quickly due to a brittle cable.
There were several options for failure. As a rule, one of the headphones started to act up, because many people took out an accessory from a bag, backpack or pocket, pulling the accessory by the wire. And the earpiece had an amazing ability to cling to everything, thanks to its cup shape.
So after repeatedly “pulling” the EarPods by the wire, there came a moment when the thin wire began to simply break out of the left or right earpiece.
Also, another weak point of the headphones was the place where the cable was attached to the Lightning connector. It could simply crumble from repeated bending and other influences.
Wireless AirPods, by contrast, didn’t have these issues, and even today I know a few people who are still happy with first-generation wireless headphones they bought a few years ago. On the contrary, I don’t know a single owner of wired EarPods who could boast the same durability of their accessory with daily use.
Wired headphones lost. But it’s good
AirPods or AirPods Pro?
I remember discussing wireless AirPods with colleagues in 2016. Then we decided that wired headphones are more reliable and more convenient, and wireless headphones are only plus in the absence of a wire. This is also a minus, because losing one or both headphones at once is easier than ever.
Six years later, I’m on the subway, listening to music on my AirPods Pro, and staring in surprise at my fellow traveler wearing wired EarPods. If you have an iPhone, then why don’t you have wireless headphones?
Rumor has it that Apple will show updated AirPods Pro this year, although I don’t even know what else can be improved in them. Is it just to add different body colors, and that’s all.
To date, wired headphones have remained only for music lovers to enjoy audio in uncompressed quality at home. Almost any sane person will choose wireless headphones for everyday use with their smartphone, whether Android or iPhone.
And Apple taught us all to do this.
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