My AirPods arrived a few days ago, and I’ve been wearing them ever since. I use them for music, podcasts, phone calls, movies, and talking to Siri. Before the AirPods were even announced, though, I was dreaming of something like this—and when I think of what the world will look like in the future, I envision people wearing little pods like these. With Siri (or something like Siri) as your companion and personal assistant throughout the day, politely interrupting you to give you a heads up on upcoming events, messages, and a variety of other personalized bits of data. (The movie Her, featuring the voice of Scarlett Johansson, is fascinating example of what this vision could look like.)
I’m always curious about what the average person thinks about new technology, and it’s no surprise that most people don’t understand the AirPods. They either say it’s overpriced ($159), or they don’t grasp the tech that’s packed inside of them. These aren’t just headphones—in fact, these are to headphones what the iPhone was to phones. Now, when people think of the iPhone, they don’t think of something that only makes calls. These are the first version of the AirPods, and they already pack so many features, but it’s thinking about the future of them that really excites me.
Here’s some examples of its current features: