Apple AirPods: Specifications, pricing and Australian availability

Alex Kidman 8 September 2016


Apple’s latest headphones are the entirely wireless AirPods, launching in Australia in late October.

It wasn’t much of a secret that Apple was considering ditching the traditional headphone jack for its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus phones, and at this morning’s launch event that’s absolutely what it did. The new phones only come with Apple’s own Lightning connector, which has long been capable of carrying audio signals. In the box with the iPhone 7 will be Lightning-connected earpods headphones and a Lightning to analog adaptor for older headphones, but pretty clearly Apple sees its future in wireless headphones. It already offered several models through its Beats subsidiary, but the big news this morning was the launch of its new AirPods wireless headphones.


The AirPods offer stereo sound but without a linking cable between the left and right earpieces. Instead, they sit in your ear rather in the fashion of existing mono Bluetooth headphones, one per ear. Apple’s says the Air Pods will provide up to five hours of listening on a single charge, with a battery case that will refresh that charge for up to 24 hours of total listening time. They’re designed for both audio playback and phone functions with Siri built in, and while the key demographic is clearly going to be iPhone 7 owners, they will also work with Macs running Mac OS Sierra when that launches. One neat trick: if you remove one earpiece from your ear, any music you're listening to will pause, and resume when you put the earpiece back in.


Apple has indicated that AirPods will launch in Australia in October with a recommended price of $229. If you want more than one Lightning to 3.5mm audio adaptor, that will set you back a significantly cheaper $12.

Audio CodecAAC
ProcessorApple W1
SensorsOptical, Accelerometers
CompatibilityiOS 10 devices, Mac OS Sierra devices, WatchOS devices
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