Apple killed the headphone jack today, so your old headphones are essentially garbage now, unless you want a dongle. Great! To replace them, Apple is releasing new wireless earbuds that it’s calling AirPods. Users can connect their AirPods to their Apple device by just opening up the AirPods case and tapping “connect.”
Here’s the catch, though, the AirPods require Apple devices to be running iOS 10, watchOS 3, or macOS Sierra to work. The pair will reportedly last for five hours without needing to be put back in their charging case. That charging case can last for 25 hours.
The AirPods rely on a new Apple chip called the W1, which handles the audio and wireless connection. Each AirPod also has dual accelerometers and optical sensors that help detect when they’re in users’ ears. Removing them will pause the music. The AirPods have a mic, too, so users can talk on the phone and also access Siri. The AirPods will cost $159 when they’re released in late October.
For people who don’t want to dish out cash for a new set of buds, the company is also providing earbuds that connect through the Lightning cable in the box of every iPhone 7, as well as a free dongle.