by Graham Pierrepoint
It’s been a busy month for Apple – not only has the iPhone 7 been announced to mixed reception (though mainly praise), but they have also rolled out their latest operating system, iOS 10, and have unleashed their first wireless earphones upon a world that never knew they needed them – retailing at $159, the AirPod earbuds have been subjected to widespread discussion online, from genuine interest to mockery through Twitter. Concern over the small size of the AirPods along with their retail price has spread across the social network, though it remains likely that the accessories will continue to pick up interest from Apple fans and music lovers alike – and this week, it has emerged that one of the first accessories for the product is on its way to sale – but some may be a bit baffled by their purpose.
For $10, manufacturer Spigen is releasing wired cable in the form of an AirPod Strap, enabling users to worry no longer about losing their wireless earphones while out and about. While the accessory wires are a great idea for anyone that may be particularly concerned over losing their premium earbuds in the street, the announcement may be met with concerns over whether or not the accessory defeats the purpose of the product. After all, anyone wishing to invest in wireless earphones at the rate that Apple request may be unlikely to tie them down to cabling. However, in response to concern over just how safe and secure the AirPods are – particularly in public – the accessory does provide users with the ability to anchor them down on occasion, meaning that they will always have the option to go wireless should they want to. In this regard, the product does seem rather intuitive.
How well the AirPods will perform will remain to be seen, but it is a further move in the direction of removing wires from our lives completely. While wireless games console controllers have been a staple for over a decade, other concepts such as wireless charging for smartphones and tablets are still very much on the mainstream horizon – and with Apple, Google and Samsung leading the charge on technical innovation of late, it is highly unlikely that we are through with seeing wireless re-imagining of the technology we hold dear. It’s hard to imagine that we once lived in a world without remote control for our televisions – and even without television at all!