Color me a little skeptical about some of Apple’s latest gadgets. Mac? Rock solid. Except for those keyboards. iPhone? Apple knows which side the bread gets buttered. iPad? High end and low end. What’s not to like?
The latest gadgets are different than mainstay hardware; the ones that bring in the big bucks and help keep Apple executives rich while they placate undeserving shareholders with gifts of buybacks and dividends.
The past few Apple products have yet to come with the same panache as the original hardware line that Steve Jobs wrought. Apple Pay? I love it. When it works. Increasingly it does not, even when the merchant accepts it. Apple Music? I love it. Spotify, though, makes a compelling argument of features for a similar price.
See where this is going?
Apple Watch. OK, the first two Apple Watch models I owned; Series 0 and Series 3 where OK, but nothing like Series 4. If only Apple had started Watch customers on Series 4. I felt like a beta user for a few years.
AirPods. I bought the originals and I absolutely positively adored them. Good sound, plenty of usability tricks with iPhone, and competitively priced at about $160. What about AirPods 2.0. Sorry. AirPods 1.0’s battery died after less than two years. The charge lasts less than an hour, and that made me decide to skip AirPods 2.0.
Another $160 for two years of battery life? Nope. This is not my first bar-b-que, Apple.
You know FWIW, right? For what it’s worth, FWIW has made it into my personal writing lexicon. Browsing around Amazon over the past few months I came across about 163 different AirPods knockoffs– cheap-assed wireless earbuds that look just like AirPods, but are priced, on average, at about $40.
See where this is going?
OK, we all know that $40 AirPod knockoffs will not do everything official Apple AirPods will do; what with Siri, easy Bluetooth pairing and switching and all, but, hey. $40. I have a pair of wired earbuds I bought on Amazon a few years ago and they sound about the same as my original AirPods, but after 50-percent longer the battery still last four hours before a recharge.
So, I got to thinking, what if those $40 AirPods knockoffs sound almost the same as AirPods; sans the extra Siri features? $40. If the battery life lasted only a year I could spend $160– at $40 a pop– and get the similarly cool look but for four years instead of two.
Fake AirPods might have some value after all.