Apple’s earbuds. The ones with wires. They made their debut with Apple’s iPods at the turn of the century and remain to this day. Those days are numbered. Wireless is where its at and everyone except red, white, and true blue audiophiles know it.
The question is: “When will Apple go completely wireless?”
Bluetooth 5 earbuds and headphones are hitting the market and just in time because iPhone X already has it. Even better are Apple’s own AirPods with built-in, Apple-designed technology that makes using wireless earbuds a less painful process.
Bluetooth 5 increases wireless ranges and almost eliminates the popping and clicking from previous versions so we know what the future will be. Wireless. We’ll know it’s here when Apple replaces the bright white wired earbuds in new iPhones with wireless earbuds.
They may not be AirPods, but expect something similar. Bright white. Iconic look. Seamless connection. Good sound. But included with every iPhone. When that happens we’ll know that wired devices are gone forever.
Look around. What do you see? Wireless speakers. HomePod’s only wired requirement is electricity. Apple has a long history of killing the present to create the future. Remember the floppy disk? Remember the hard disk drive? Remember the 3.5mm headphone jack? They are fading away as Apple slowly but inexorably moves the future to wireless everything everywhere all the time.
So, what’s the problem? Why the hold up? Where is the wireless future?
AirPods are priced at $159. Halfway decent wireless earbuds are available for less than $30, or about the same price as Apple’s wired earbuds if purchased at the Apple Store. That tells me Apple could replace the earbuds that ship with every new iPhone with wireless, Bluetooth 5-enabled earbuds and put another nail in the wired device coffin.
2018 may be a watershed year for Apple. How?
New Macs with Face ID. New iPads with Face ID. New iPhones with OLED displays and Face ID everywhere. And, new Apple wireless earbuds to replace the iconic wired earbuds of yesteryear.