Every AirPod has two infrared proximity sensors built into their chassis that sense when the earbud comes into contact with a user’s ear. Putting an AirPod in your ear automatically turns it on and links it to the nearest operating host device. One of my favorite features is the ability to use just one AirPod at a time. Put one earbud back in the case and the remaining AirPod will continue playback.
I have yet to have AirPods die on us while listening to music. In fact, my AirPods reached their limit only once, and that was when I was on an extended phone call. Operating the onboard beamforming microphones and transmitting audio information back and forth between my iPhone took its toll, but I found a single earbud can last over two hours on a charge.
When using two AirPods to talk, the W1 chip also plays a vital role in deciphering which earbud is getting the highest quality audio, then canceling out all background noise.
Another highpoint is the built-in accelerometers that are used to activate Siri and manually engage music controls. These tap-based interactions can be customized in settings. Siri is helpful for changing audio volume since AirPods lack physical volume controls.
Design and Comfort
The AirPods are one of the most comfortable earphones I have ever used. They are so comfortable and lightweight that you can even forget that they’re in your ears. Compared to Apple’s EarPods, AirPods boast a better seal, precisely conforming to each ear. While they are not constructed for working out, AirPods stay in place under many conditions, even during exercise sessions, spin class, and jogging.
There is one main factor some folks miss when determining whether or not to buy AirPods, and that is they are designed and crafted for the long haul.